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See also niān, nián, niǎn, and niàn

Mandarin

Noun

nian (Pinyin nián)

  1. : year
    Běijīng huì 2008 nián jǔxíng Àoyùnhuì. — Beijing will hold the Olympics in 2008.

Pinyin syllable

nian

  1. A transliteration of any of a number of Chinese characters properly represented as having one of four tones, niān, nián, niǎn, or niàn.

Usage notes

English transcriptions of Chinese speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Chinese language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

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