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Pinyin

Line breaks: Pin¦yin
Pronunciation: /pɪnˈjɪn
 
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Definition of Pinyin in English:

noun

[mass noun]
The standard system of romanized spelling for transliterating Chinese.
Example sentences
  • The transliteration used is the standard Pinyin as formally adopted by China in 1979.
  • Folk transcriptions of Chinese by English speakers tend to be like Pinyin in this respect.
  • The use of Pinyin poses problems of distinguishing homographs, as in the 24 etymologically unrelated forms spelt lian.

Origin

1960s: from Chinese pīn-yīn, literally 'spell-sound'.

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