Definitions

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

  • adj. Of or relating to China or its peoples, languages, or cultures.
  • n. A native or inhabitant of China.
  • n. A person of Chinese ancestry.
  • n. See Han1.
  • n. The sole member of the Sinitic branch of the Sino-Tibetan language family, consisting of numerous languages and dialects such as Mandarin, Cantonese, Taiwanese, and Fujian.
  • n. Any of the Sinitic varieties of speech spoken by the Chinese people.
  • n. The official national language of China; Mandarin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. Any language spoken in China, especially Literary Chinese, Mandarin, Cantonese, Wu, or Min Nan.
  • proper n. The class of Sino-Tibetan dialects including Mandarin, Wu, Cantonese, Min Nan and others.
  • proper n. The logographic writing system shared by this language family.
  • proper n. Mandarin: the official language of the People's Republic of China
  • n. The people of China.
  • n. All people of Chinese descent or self-identity
  • n. A person from China or of Chinese descent.
  • n. Chinese food or meal.
  • adj. Of China, its languages or people
  • adj. Unexpected, as used in the phrases Chinese whispers, Chinese burn, Chinese auction.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to China; peculiar to China.
  • n. A native or natives of China, or one of that yellow race with oblique eyelids who live principally in China.
  • n. The language of China, which is monosyllabic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to China.
  • n. singular and plural (plural also formerly Chineses). A native or natives of China; specifically, a member or members of the principal indigenous race of China proper, as distinguished from other Mongoloids, such as the Manchus, the present ruling race in the Chinese empire.
  • n. The language of China.

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

  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of the island republic on Taiwan or its residents or their language
  • n. a native or inhabitant of Communist China or of Nationalist China
  • adj. of or pertaining to China or its peoples or cultures
  • n. any of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in China; regarded as dialects of a single language (even though they are mutually unintelligible) because they share an ideographic writing system

Etymologies

From China +‎ -ese. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Most Chinese food in America ­remains a commercial and cultural hybrid — but despite the siege by General Tso, the task of finding outstanding ­Chinese food in the U.S. is becoming easier and easier.

    Gastronomy: ‘Chop Suey’

  • Other problems have recently emerged now that we live in more progressive times–many chinese Canadians are seeking restitution over the discriminatory “head tax” that Chinese immigrants had to pay in the early 1900s.

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  • HU JINTAO, CHINESE PRESIDENT (through translator): Taiwan is an alienable part of Chinese territory.

    CNN Transcript Apr 20, 2006

  • YANG LIWEI, CHINESE ASTRONAUT (translated): This mission has achieved the millennium dream of the Chinese people to fly in space, and I am very proud of this accomplishment.

    CNN Transcript Sep 25, 2006

  • KANG LANGYI, CHINESE INTERNET USER (through translator): More and more Chinese people are using the Internet.

    CNN Transcript Dec 3, 2005

  • Some of these regimes eventually retreated back to the north, and some adapted better to Chinese sedentary lifestyles (e.g., the Northern Wei) and even contributed to future “Chinese” civilization.

    420-479

  • CHEN CI, CHINESE GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL: The U.S. government has already said "very sorry" to the Chinese people.

    CNN Transcript Apr 11, 2001

  • On the Chinese affair, consult Mrs. M.E. B.S. Coolidge, _Chinese Immigration_ (1909).

    The United States Since the Civil War

  • THE CHINESE LANTERN: Pleasantly effective scenes in a Chinese studio.

    The Atlantic Book of Modern Plays

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