noun, plural Chinese.
the standard language
, based on the speech of Beijing; Mandarin.
a group of languages of the Sino-Tibetan family, including standard Chinese and most of the other languages of China
any of the Chinese languages, which
vary among themselves to the point of mutual unintelligibility.
a native or descendant of a native of China
of or pertaining to China
, its inhabitants, or one of their languages.
noting or pertaining to the partly logographic, partly phonetic script used for the writing of Chinese, Japanese, and other languages, consisting of thousands of brushstroke characters written in vertical columns from right to left.
non-Chinese, noun, plural non-Chinese, adjective
pre-Chinese, adjective, noun, plural pre-Chinese.
pro-Chinese, adjective, noun, plural pro-Chinese.
pseudo-Chinese, adjective, noun, plural pseudo-Chinese.
The adjective Chinese
is found in a few set phrases (Chinese copy
, Chinese fire drill
, Chinese money
. and Chinese tour
) in which it represents inferiority—implying that something is less good, useful, or effective, or that it is not authentic. Although insulting a particular person or nationality may be unintentional, it is best to be aware that use of these terms is usually perceived as offensive to or by the Chinese.