Pinyin definition

pĭnyĭn, -yĭn
A system for transcribing the pronunciation of the standard variety of Mandarin using the Roman alphabet, officially adopted by the People's Republic of China in 1979.
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System for transliterating Chinese ideograms into the Latin alphabet, adopted by the People's Republic of China in 1979
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Alternative spelling of Pinyin.
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A system of romanization (phonetic notation and transliteration to roman script) for Mandarin Chinese based on the Mandarin dialect of the Beijing area used in the People's Republic of China.
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A Niger-Congo language of Cameroon.
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Origin of pinyin

  • Mandarin pīn yīn to combine sounds into syllables, spell pīn to combine (from Middle Chinese pjiajŋ) yīn sound, syllable (from Middle Chinese ʔim)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Mandarin Mandarin 拼音 (pÄ«nyÄ«n)

    From Wiktionary