Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The basic unit of local government in China, approximately equivalent to “county,” or “district.” Xiàn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An administrative subdivision of a fu, or department, or of an independent chow; also, the seat of government of such a district.

Etymologies

Mandarin  (hsien). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When the day shall come for its history to be told, the historian will have little to say of Lu-fêng-hsien, that is -- if he is a decent sort of fellow.

    Across China on Foot

  • Each fu is subdivided into ten districts under a district magistrate or Chih-hsien, the capital, or county seat as we should call it, having the termination "hsien" or "hien" as for example Wei-hsien.

    New Forces in Old China : An Inevitable Awakening

  • K'o hsueh kuai jen (Hsiang-kang: Huang kuan ch'u pan she (Hsiang-kang) yu hsien kung ssu, 1995).

    Editions of Mary Shelley's _Frankenstein_

  • The mostly Cantonese recipes are simple, authentic and easy to follow, but what makes "How to Cook and Eat in Chinese" especially interesting is its discussion of Chinese culinary terms — snacks, for instance, are called tien-hsien , meaning "dot hearts," or something to touch the heart, now transliterated as dim sum.

    How to Cook, and How to Live

  • Fundamentals of the Chinese Communist Party (The China book project) by Tang ti chi chu chih shih pien hsien tsu

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: At Book Fair, a Subplot About Chinese Rights

  • When I started making movies, the preoccupations of Hou Hsiao-hsien and Edward Yang affected me, resonated with my own.

    French Connections: Binoche Is Boss in Assayas Family

  • Hou Hsiao-hsien I hadn't really thought of in relation to the others, and I'm least familiar with his work, having only seen Flight of the Red Balloon and The Puppetmaster.

    Directors of the Decade

  • See the new film by Hou Hsiao-hsien, the world-renowned Taiwanese auteur of demanding minimalist dramas?

    GreenCine Daily: Cannes, 5/17.

  • Many expected to see Hou Hsiao-hsien's Red Balloon lined up in the Competition at Cannes; instead, it will open Un Certain Regard on May 17.

    GreenCine Daily: Cannes and elsewhere, 4/26.

  • Daniel Kasman: "One of the unexpected - and most welcome - things about Syndromes and a Century and Weerasethakul's films in general is that while maintaining a familial resemblance to the monumental master-shot style made famous by Hou Hsiou-hsien and Tsai Ming-liang, Weerasethakul's work carries a serene air of gentleness, off-handedness, openness, and a complete lack of pretension - traits that strongly humanize and personalize his work."

    GreenCine Daily: Syndromes and a Century.

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.