清明

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Mandarin[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").

Pronunciation[edit]

Mandarin (Standard Chinese, Beijing)
Pinyin qīngmíng
Zhuyin ㄑㄧㄥ ㄇㄧㄥˊ
IPA (key) /t͡ɕʰiŋ⁵⁵ miŋ³⁵/

Adjective[edit]

清明 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin qīngmíng)

  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 (traditional and simplified, Pinyin Qīngmíng)

  1. Qingming ("Pure Brightness"), the fifth of the 24 solar terms in the Chinese lunisolar calendar, occuring 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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