noun (plural same)
- 1 [mass noun] The language of China.More example sentences
- These languages include Chinese, Hindi / Urdu, Japanese, Juang, Korean, Icelandic, Lithuanian, and Russian.
- This was offered in broadband by BBC News interactive in six languages including Urdu, Chinese and Arabic.
- His poems have been translated into all Indian languages and foreign languages, including Chinese, French and German.
- 2A native or inhabitant of China, or a person of Chinese descent.More example sentences
- Above all, we are Chinese in China and the fact we speak English to foreign people is a sign of kindness.
- It was retold by the Chinese and by the national minorities of southern and southwest China.
- Hinton loves China and the Chinese (he now lives in Mongolia), and I suppose to love is always to make excuses for the loved ones.
- 2.1British • informal A Chinese meal: a takeaway Chinese washed down with ChardonnayMore example sentences
- Forget Chinese, Indian or pizza - a York chip shop is to deliver traditional fish and chips door-to-door.
- Getting pizza, Chinese or curry delivered twice a week at £20 a time adds up to an impressive £173 a month.
- As we are not in training we aren't able to burn off the Chinese or the Kebab you ate the night before.
- 2.2British • informal A Chinese restaurant: we found a Chinese in SohoMore example sentences
- More fabulous is Gars - which various Brighton friends had assured me was the best Chinese in town, and having tried it I have to agree.
- I love Japanese food and, when I get time, I try to go out to a West End restaurant but it's nice and easy to be able to go to your local Chinese.
- Now to head to the Chinese for a takeaway, then freshen up and head down to Brookes for some light refreshment.
Chinese, a member of the Sino-Tibetan language family, is the world’s most commonly spoken first language, with an estimated 1.2 billion native speakers worldwide. The script is logographic, using characters which originated as stylized pictographs but now also represent abstract concepts and the sounds of syllables. Though complex, it permits written communication between speakers of the many dialects, most of which are mutually incomprehensible in speech. For transliteration into the Roman alphabet, the Pinyin system is now usually used
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- 1Relating to China or its language, culture, or people.More example sentences
- Investing a sizeable $10 bn, the government is also sponsoring a worldwide network of schools to promote Chinese culture and language.
- The network will spearhead the teaching of Chinese language and culture worldwide while strengthening economic and business ties.
- The Chinese culture and language are very complex in the eyes of most Westerners.
- 1.1Belonging to the people forming the dominant ethnic group of China and also widely dispersed elsewhere. Also called Han.More example sentences
- The PFP and KMT won most of their seats in these areas, as well as among the Hakka Chinese ethnic group or Taiwan's aboriginal communities.
- Song has solicited support from ethnic Chinese scholars for the open letter to China's president.
- In urban centres, there are small Indian, Arab, and ethnic Chinese communities.
More definitions of ChineseDefinition of Chinese in:
- The US English dictionary