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Pinyin Syllabification: Pin·yin
Pronunciation: /pinˈyin/

Definition of Pinyin in English:


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.


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

Words that rhyme with Pinyin

agin, akin, begin, Berlin, bin, Boleyn, Bryn, chin, chin-chin, Corinne, din, fin, Finn, Flynn, gaijin, Glyn, grin, Gwyn, herein, Ho Chi Minh, in, inn, Jin, jinn, kin, Kweilin, linn, Lynn, mandolin, mandoline, Min, no-win, pin, quin, shin, sin, skin, spin, therein, thin, Tientsin, tin, Tonkin, Turin, twin, underpin, Vietminh, violin, wherein, whin, whipper-in, win, within, Wynne, yin
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