Definition of Sino-Tibetan in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsīnōtəˈbetn/


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.
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.


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

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Syllabification: Si·no-Ti·bet·an

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