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Min Nan edition of Wiktionary


From China +‎ -ese.



Chinese (countable and uncountable, plural Chinese)

  1. Language:
    1. (uncountable) Any of several Sinitic languages spoken in China, especially Literary Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Wu, or Min Nan.
      Peter is from Hong Kong and speaks Chinese.
    2. (uncountable) The class of Sino-Tibetan dialects including Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese, Min Nan and others.
      Wu and Hakka are lesser-known varieties of Chinese.
    3. (uncountable) The logographic writing system shared by this language family.
      Hong Kong uses traditional Chinese.
    4. Mandarin: an official language of the People's Republic of China
      Nǐ hǎo” means “hello” in Chinese.
  2. People:
    1. (uncountable) The people of China.
      The Chinese have an incredible history.
    2. (uncountable) All people of Chinese descent or self-identity
      The Chinese are present in all parts of the world.
    3. (countable) A person from China or of Chinese descent.
      • 1999, Lydia Laube, Bound for Vietnam[1], →ISBN, strana 24:
        But I had the unmitigated pleasure of watching a family of four Chinese struggle to use knives and forks to [eat] their bacon and eggs.
  3. Chinese food or meal.
    1. (Британија, countable, informal) A Chinese meal.
      We're going out tonight for a Chinese.
    2. (Британија, North America, uncountable, informal) Chinese food.
      Please don't eat the Chinese: I'm saving it for later.

Usage notes[уреди]

Шаблон:U:en:-ese However, it is rather frequent in East Asia as a translation for the demonym written 中國人中国人 in Chinese or

(chūgokujin) in Japanese.