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Noun

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Chinese (Chinese)
  1. (uncountable) The class of Sino-Tibetan dialects including Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese, Min Nan and others. Abbreviation: Chin or Chin.
  2. (uncountable) The logographic writing system shared by this language family.
    • Hong Kong uses traditional Chinese.
  3. (uncountable) Mandarin, the main language spoken in China.
  4. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) The people of China.
    • The Chinese have an incredible history.
  5. All people of Chinese descent or self-identity
    • The Chinese are present in all parts of the world.
  6. (countable) A person born in China.
    • The place was empty till two Chinese walked in.
  7. (UK, Template loop detected: Template:context 2) A Chinese meal.
    • We're going out tonight for a Chinese.
  8. (Template loop detected: Template:context 1) Chinese food.
    • Do you care for Chinese tonight?

Usage notes

  • A determiner is required in the sense of "the Chinese people".

Synonyms

  • (language): Chinese language
  • (writing system): Chinese writing system
  • (Mandarin): Mandarin, Mandarin Chinese
  • (the people of China): Chinese people
  • (person born in China): Chinaman (of a man only; now considered offensive), Chinee (archaic, informal), Chink (person or people who comes from China or its descent; ethinic slur; derogatory)
  • (Chinese meal): Chinese meal
  • (Chinese food): Chinese food

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Adjective

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  1. Of China, its languages or people
  2. Unexpected, as used in the phrases Chinese whispers, Chinese burn, Chinese auction.

Synonyms

  • (of China, its language or people): Sinic, Sino- (prefix)

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Noun

Chinese m. (genitive Chinesen, plural Chinesen)

  1. male person from China

Related terms

  • Chinesin f. (female person from China)

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