Definition of Hokkien in English:

Hokkien

Line breaks: Hok|kien
Pronunciation: /həʊˈkiːn
 
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noun

1 [mass noun] A dialect of southern Min Chinese that is also spoken in Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan, and the Philippines.
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  • Lin touted Malaysia as an ideal place for Taiwanese investors because that Malaysian workers can speak fluent English and various Chinese dialects such as Hokkien.
  • A number of Chinese dialects are also widely spoken including Cantonese, Hokkien, and Mandarin together with Punjabi and Tamil.
  • A child who speaks Hokkien at home may be schooled in Mandarin Chinese at school.
2 (plural same or Hokkiens) A member of a people traditionally inhabiting south-eastern China.
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  • Moreover, Hualien's four major ethnic groups - Hokkien, Hakka, Aboriginals and mainland Chinese - do not reflect the true population distribution elsewhere Taiwan.
  • He said the coalition avoided talking about the conflict between the Mainlanders and the Hokkien and promoted a concept of ethnic equality without real content.
  • Similarly, you will often find Malaysians and Singaporeans using English words as if they were actually Hokkien or Cantonese (or Malay, or Tamil and so on).

adjective

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Relating to the Hokkien or their dialect.
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  • Written with a mix of phonetic Hokkien dialect and English, Shiga creates a fascinating and little-seen world.
  • In a bid to preserve the Hokkien language, educators yesterday urged the Ministry of Education to tightly regulate Hokkien textbooks for elementary and junior high schools.
  • Goa-seng-lang pronounced in Hokkien means ‘people from outside the province.’

Origin

Hokkien hok kian.

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