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See also: ming, míng, mìng, Míng, and mǐng


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From Mandarin (Míng).


  • IPA(key): /mɪŋ/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪŋ

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  1. A former dynasty in China, reigning from the end of the Yuan to the beginning of the Qing (Ching)
    Synonym: Ming dynasty
    • 1845, J. R. Hind, “Mr. J. R. Hind on the Elements of several Comets not previously computed”, in Philosophical Magazine[1], volume XXVII, London, page 418:
      The Comet of 1385 was discovered in China by the astronomers of the Ming dynasty, on October 23 (period Houng-wou eighteenth year, ninth moon, day Wou-yn): it was then on the borders of Thai-wei (a constellation of stars in Leo and Virgo, surrounding β Leonis); it touched β Virginis, and left Thai-wei by what the Chinese termed the "great gate," i.e. between β and n Virginis.
    • 1973 July 15, “Trade assures Taipei of wealth, prosperity”, in Free China Weekly[2], volume XIV, number 27, Taipei, →ISSN, →OCLC, page 2:
      When Koxinga, the Ming Dynasty loyalist who drove the Dutch colonists from Taiwan in 1661, ending an occupation that had laster 37 years, Taipei was nonexistent.
    • 2015 June 29, “10 Pct. of Great Wall missing due to erosion, vandalism and poor management”, in EFE[3], archived from the original on 10 September 2022[4]:
      Only 8.2 percent of the wall, built during the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) is maintained properly, according to a study by the China Great Wall Society, an organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of the Wall.
    • 2021 December 27, Neil Genzlinger, “Jonathan Spence, Noted China Scholar, Dies at 85”, in The New York Times[5], →ISSN, →OCLC, archived from the original on 27 December 2021, Books‎[6]:
      Among Professor Spence’s most ambitious books was “The Search for Modern China,” which made The New York Times’s best-seller list and is now a standard text. It took an 876-page view of China’s history from the decline of the Ming dynasty in the 1600s to the democracy movement of 1989.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Ming.
  2. A former empire in China, occupying the eastern half of modern China (China proper), as well as parts of Russia and northern Vietnam
  3. The era of Chinese history during which the dynasty reigned
  4. The pottery of the era, famed for its high quality
  5. A surname.
  6. A male or female given name



Ming (plural Mings)

  1. A member of the Ming dynasty.