from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- People's Republic of China A country of eastern Asia. Its ancient civilization traditionally dates to c. 2700 B.C.. After a bitter civil war (1946-1949) a people's republic led by Mao Zedong was established on the mainland, and the Nationalists fled to Taiwan. Beijing is the capital and Shanghai the largest city. Population: 1,320,000,000.
- Republic ofChina See Taiwan.
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- proper n. A country in East Asia, officially named the People's Republic of China (中华人民共和国).
- proper n. A region in East Asia comprising the areas governed by the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China (Taiwan).
- proper n. The civilization of the Chinese people.
From Persian چینی (čīnī, "Chinese; porcelain"), compound of چین (čīn, "China") and the suffix ـی (-ī), from Middle Persian 𐭰𐭩𐭭 (čīn, "China"), ultimately from Sanskrit चीन (cīna). (Wiktionary)