成语

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Pronunciation[edit]



Noun[edit]

成语 (classifier )

  1. Chengyu, a certain kind of Chinese set phrase originating in Classical Chinese, typically four or five characters in length.
    喜欢成语画蛇添足」。 [Beijing Mandarin, MSC, trad. and simp.]
    Wǒ zuì xǐhuān de chéngyǔ shì "Huàshétiānzú". [Pinyin]
    My favourite chengyu is "huàshétiānzú".
  2. Any idiomatic expression, set phrase

Usage notes[edit]

  • Although often translated as idiom, in fact 成语 chéngyǔ refers to a specific kind of idiomatic expression in Chinese (see Chengyu). Other kinds of idiom types include 俗语 súyǔ, 谚语 yànyǔ and 歇后语 xiēhòuyǔ.