Definition of Sinitic in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪˈnɪtɪk/


Relating to or denoting the division of the Sino-Tibetan language family that includes the many forms of Chinese.
Example sentences
  • Not to do so will only lead to costly inefficiency for all users of Sinitic language materials.
  • Among Sinitic languages, there are at least seven or eight major branches that are mutually unintelligible.
  • One of the unique features of the Sinitic languages is the quality of sound used to designate differences in meanings between words or syllables.


Late 19th century: via late Latin from Greek sinai 'the Chinese', from Arabic ṣīn, denoting the Chinese empire.

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