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From Mandarin (Máo).


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  1. A common surname, from Chinese​, from Mandarin, usually referring to Mao Zedong.
    • 1968, Edward S. Aarons, Assignment—Nuclear Nude[1], Fawcett Publications, page 135:
      As the revered Mao has said, 'There cannot be two suns in the same sky.'
    • 1972, James Warren, “More Nixon Tapes A selection from recordings in the National Archives”, in The Atlantic[2]:
      RN: You think you should not have gone?
      TN: Yeah, I think it was a bad one to do. It was a good idea, but we shouldn't have gone to the University of Maryland … It was the motliest crew you've ever seen.
      RN: Well, that's my view about going to the universities. Well, I hope it didn't bother you too much.
      TN: No, it didn't. It was just—I know, I was just embarrassed because the Chinese issued a complaint.
      RN: A complaint about what?
      TN: Oh, you know, that they were being rude to the chairman—they were insulting Chairman Mao. There was nothing we could do! It's a free country!
  2. A card game, named after Mao Zedong, in which players attempt to shed all their cards without violating certain unspoken rules.

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  • IPA(key): /ˈmaː.o/
  • IPA(key): /maʊ̯/ (never in isolation, but sometimes when followed by another name)

Proper noun[edit]

Mao ? (genitive Maos)

  1. A transliteration of the Chinese surname (Máo); usually referring to Mao Zedong (in German Mao Tse-tung or rarer Mao Zedong)




  1. Rōmaji transcription of まお