pinyin

pinyin

[pin-yin]
noun (sometimes initial capital letter)
a system for transliterating Chinese into the Latin alphabet: introduced in 1958 and adopted as the official system of romanization by the People's Republic of China in 1979.


Origin:
< Chinese pīnyīn literally, phonetic spelling (pīn arrange, classify + yīn sound, pronunciation)

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Pinyin (ˈpɪnˈjɪn)
 
n
a system of romanized spelling developed in China in 1958: used to transliterate Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet

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Main Entry:  Pinyin
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  See simplified Chinese
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Pinyin
system of Romanized spelling for Chinese, 1963, from Chinese pinyin "to spell, to combine sounds into syllables," from pin "put together" + yin "sound, tone." Adopted officially by the People's Republic of China in 1958.
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