What does chinese mean?

Definitions for chinese
tʃaɪˈniz, -ˈnischi·nese

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word chinese.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Chinesenoun

    any of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in China; regarded as dialects of a single language (even though they are mutually unintelligible) because they share an ideographic writing system

  2. Chineseadjective

    a native or inhabitant of Communist China or of Nationalist China

  3. Chineseadjective

    of or pertaining to China or its peoples or cultures

    "Chinese food"

  4. Taiwanese, Chinese, Formosanadjective

    of or relating to or characteristic of the island republic on Taiwan or its residents or their language

    "the Taiwanese capital is Taipeh"


  1. Chinesenoun

    The people of China.

    The Chinese have an incredible history.

  2. Chinesenoun

    All people of Chinese descent or self-identity

    The Chinese are present in all parts of the world.

  3. Chinesenoun

    A person born in China.

    The place was empty till two Chinese walked in.

  4. Chinesenoun

    A Chinese meal.

    We're going out tonight for a Chinese.

  5. Chinesenoun

    Chinese food.

    Do you care for Chinese tonight?

  6. Chineseadjective

    Of China, its languages or people

  7. Chineseadjective

    Unexpected, as used in the phrases Chinese whispers, Chinese burn, Chinese auction.

  8. Chinesenoun

    The class of Sino-Tibetan dialects including Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese, Min Nan and others. Abbreviation: Chin or Chin.

  9. Chinesenoun

    The logographic writing system shared by this language family.

    Hong Kong uses traditional Chinese.

  10. Chinesenoun

    Mandarin, the main language spoken in China.


  1. chinese

    Chinese can refer to: 1. People or things that originate from the People's Republic of China (Mainland China), its people, or its diaspora. It also encompasses people from regions such as Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macao who share similar cultural and language aspects. 2. The family of languages (dialects) spoken by ethnic Chinese. This mainly includes Mandarin, Cantonese, Shanghainese, etc. 3. Anything pertaining to the Chinese culture, tradition, history, food, art, literature, etc. 4. The written characters used in Chinese languages, also known as Chinese characters.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Chineseadjective

    of or pertaining to China; peculiar to China

  2. Chinese

    a native or natives of China, or one of that yellow race with oblique eyelids who live principally in China

  3. Chinese

    the language of China, which is monosyllabic

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chinese' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2566

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chinese' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3551

  3. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'chinese' in Adjectives Frequency: #341

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of chinese in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of chinese in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of chinese in a Sentence

  1. Zhang Fengming:

    We're expecting another 20 percent fall in business (next year), the Chinese will get back into gold when it becomes more of an attractive investment. I think in three to five years time there will be a rebound.

  2. Cyril Abiteboul:

    The fact we know this week will avoid unnecessary aggravation from a cost perspective, the Chinese race is an important race on the calendar and China and the U.S. are the two strategic priorities for (Formula One's commercial rights holder) Liberty Media and we support that.

  3. Brian Finch:

    This really falls more in the world of traditional espionage. It’s sort of more shame on us than anything else, we just got had if you will by the Chinese government and it’s really more our fault than anything else.

  4. Elvis Picardo:

    You're seeing some of the big risk factors dissipate, crude oil come back, the Chinese markets stabilize, it helps the TSX because it's so leveraged to global growth expectations.

  5. Shao Yuanming:

    China will have to be reunified, if anybody wants to separate Taiwan from China, the Chinese military will protect the country's sovereignty at all costs.

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