خىتاي

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Uyghur[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Chagatai خِطَایْ(xiṭāy), from Khitan Khita(n). Cognate with English Cathay.

Noun[edit]

Other scripts
Perso-Arabic خىتاي‎‍
Latin xitay
Cyrillic хитай

خىتاي (xitay) (plural خىتايلار(xitaylar))

  1. (dated, now offensive, ethnic slur) A man who is Chinese.

Proper noun[edit]

Other scripts
Perso-Arabic خىتاي‎‍
Latin Xitay
Cyrillic Хитай

خىتاي (Xitay)

  1. (dated, now offensive) China (a country in Asia)
    Synonym: جۇڭگو(junggo)

Usage notes[edit]

Although this term for China is shared with most Central Asian and Slavic languages, whose forms of the name probably derive their -i and -y endings from Uyghur,[1] as it refers to an era of nomadic domination over the Han, it is formally prohibited within China and functions as a kind of racial slur.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sinor, D. (1998) "The Kitan and the Kara Kitay" in History of Civilizations of Central Asia, Vol. IV, Pt. I, UNESCO, p. 241.