清明

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Chinese[edit]

simpl. and trad.

Etymology[edit]

From (qīng, OC *sl̥eŋ, "(of water) clear, pure") and (míng, OC *mraŋ, "bright"). Attested in Shijing ("(of governance) to be methodical, orderly"), Xunzi ("(of water) clear and bright"), Classic of Rites ("sober, calm"; "(of voice) clear"), Lost Book of Zhou ("(the date of) Qingming, from brightness, clearness of the scenery"), Guoyu ("southeasterly winds").

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Adjective[edit]

清明

  1. clear and bright
  2. sober and calm; (of a patient's mind): clear
  3. (of a government or administration) well ordered
  4. peaceful (times)

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Proper noun[edit]

清明

  1. Qingming ("Pure Brightness"), the fifth of the 24 solar terms in the Chinese lunisolar calendar, occurring from the 4th or 5th of April until the 18th or 19th
  2. Tomb Sweeping Day, the annual Chinese festival observed on the first day of Qingming

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