[ sahy-noh-ti-bet-n, sin-oh- ]

  1. a family of languages including especially Burmese, Tibetan, and the various local languages and dialects whose speakers share literary Chinese as their standard language.

Origin of Sino-Tibetan

First recorded in 1915–20; Sino- + Tibetan

Words Nearby Sino-Tibetan Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

British Dictionary definitions for Sino-Tibetan


/ (ˈsaɪnəʊ-) /

  1. a family of languages that includes most of the languages of China, as well as Tibetan, Burmese, and possibly Thai. Their most noticeable phonological characteristic is the phonemic use of tones

  1. belonging or relating to this family of languages

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