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From Late Latin Sīnae (the southern Chinese), from Ptolemy's Ancient Greek Σῖναι (Sînai, the southern Chinese), of uncertain etymology but probably from Sanskrit चीन (Cīna, southern China), possibly via Arabic صِين (ṣīn, southern China; the southern Chinese) and usually held to derive from Old Chinese (*Dzin, Qin).

Proper noun[edit]

An tSín f (genitive na Síne)

  1. China


Derived terms[edit]


Irish mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
Sín Shín
after an, tSín
not applicable
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further reading[edit]

  • Entries containing “tSín” in English-Irish Dictionary, An Gúm, 1959, by Tomás de Bhaldraithe.
  • Entries containing “tSín” in New English-Irish Dictionary by Foras na Gaeilge.