Sinitic

Sinitic

[si-nit-ik]
noun
1.
a branch of Sino-Tibetan consisting of the various local languages and dialects whose speakers share literary Chinese as their standard language.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the Chinese, their language, or their culture.

Origin:
1890–95; < Late Latin Sīn(ae) the Chinese (see Sino-) + -itic

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Sinitic (sɪˈnɪtɪk)
 
n
1.  Compare Tibeto-Burman a branch of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages, consisting of the various languages or dialects of Chinese
 
adj
2.  belonging or relating to this group of languages

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