Definition of Sino-Tibetan in English:


Syllabification: Si·no-Ti·bet·an


  • Of, relating to, or denoting a large language family of eastern Asia whose branches include Sinitic (Chinese), Tibeto-Burman (Burmese and Tibetan), and, in some classifications, Tai (Thai and Lao). They are tonal languages, but the exact relationships among them are unclear.
    More example sentences
    • A member of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages, Thai is one of the oldest languages in East or Southeast Asia.
    • The Tibetan language belongs to the Sino-Tibetan family.
    • Zhuang belongs to the Sino-Tibetan language family.


Back to top  
  • The Sino-Tibetan language family.
    More example sentences
    • Balti, spoken in the extreme Northeast, belongs to the Sino-Tibetan, rather than the Indo-European, language family.

More definitions of Sino-Tibetan

Definition of Sino-Tibetan in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day kerf
Pronunciation: kəːf
a slit made by cutting with a saw