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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Formerly (1928-1949) Pei·ping (pāˈpĭngˈ)Beijing The capital of China, in the northeast part of the country. Founded c. 700 B.C., it served as Kublai Khan's capital (13th century) and the capital of China (1421-1911; 1949-). It is a major commercial and industrial center and the political, educational, and cultural center of the country. Population: 7,440,000.

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  • proper n. The capital of the People's Republic of China.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. capital of the People's Republic of China in the Hebei province in northeastern China; 2nd largest Chinese city


From Sinitic 北京 (Běijīng), composed of  (běi) ("northern") and  (jīng) ("capital"). (Wiktionary)



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