Taiwan

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English[edit]

The Taiwanese flag

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Etymology[edit]

From earlier Tayuan, Tayoan, or other variants, from Siraya tau (people) + an (place). Recorded in Dutch as Tayouan (and other variants), and in Min Nan as 大員 (Tāi-oân) (and other variants).[1] The term initially referred to a sandy peninsula in the area of modern-day Anping District, Tainan, and eventually became the name of the entire island. See also 臺灣台灣台湾 (Táiwān).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˌtaɪˈwɑn/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌtaɪˈwɑːn/, /ˌtaɪˈwæn/, /ˌtaɪˈwɒn/
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Proper noun[edit]

Taiwan

  1. Common name for a country in East Asia. Official name: Republic of China. Its de facto capital is Taipei.
    Synonyms: Chinese Taipei, Republic of China, ROC
    • 1968, Dictionary of American Naval Fighting Ships[2], volume 3, Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, page 290:
      Helena's 1958 cruise in the Far East began 3 August. Her first port of call was Keelung, Taiwan, arriving 21 August. Next day students and faculty of the Taiwan National Defense College were received on board for a tour of the ship.
    • 2019, “President Tsai meets US Senator Ted Cruz”, in Office of the President Republic of China (Taiwan)[3]:
      The senator then remarked that all eyes in the world are focused on Hong Kong, and on the brutal repression that is being visited upon the people of Hong Kong. The stakes being fought for are democracy and freedom, he said, and that is what Taiwan rightfully symbolizes to the world. He firmly reiterated that the American people are proud to be friends of Taiwan, and proud to stand with Taiwan.
    • 2020, Kuang-shun Yang, “Would Bernie Sanders Defend Taiwan?”, in The Diplomat[4]:
      One moment that caught many people’s attention came when the host, Anderson Cooper, asked for Sanders’ view, as a potential commander-in-chief, should China take military action against Taiwan. Sanders responded straightforwardly: “I mean, I think we have got to make it clear to countries around the world that we will not sit by and allow invasions to take place, absolutely.”
  2. An island off the coast of China, also known as Formosa since the 16th century.
    Synonym: Formosa
  3. A province of the Republic of China
  4. A claimed province of the People's Republic of China

Usage notes[edit]

Taiwan and Taiwanese are both widely used as attributives, e.g. Taiwan/Taiwanese culture, the Taiwan/Taiwanese government, Taiwan/Taiwanese food, etc.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Mair, V. H. (2010) How to Forget Your Mother Tongue and Remember Your National Language[1]

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Catalan[edit]

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Taiwan m

  1. Taiwan

Czech[edit]

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Taiwan m

  1. Taiwan

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Dutch[edit]

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Taiwan n

  1. Taiwan

Finnish[edit]

Finnish Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia fi

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Taiwan

  1. Taiwan

Declension[edit]

Inflection of Taiwan (Kotus type 5/risti, no gradation)
nominative Taiwan
genitive Taiwanin
partitive Taiwania
illative Taiwaniin
singular plural
nominative Taiwan
accusative nom. Taiwan
gen. Taiwanin
genitive Taiwanin
partitive Taiwania
inessive Taiwanissa
elative Taiwanista
illative Taiwaniin
adessive Taiwanilla
ablative Taiwanilta
allative Taiwanille
essive Taiwanina
translative Taiwaniksi
instructive
abessive Taiwanitta
comitative
Possessive forms of Taiwan (type risti)
possessor singular plural
1st person Taiwanini Taiwanimme
2nd person Taiwanisi Taiwaninne
3rd person Taiwaninsa

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German[edit]

German Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia de

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Noun[edit]

Taiwan n (genitive Taiwans)

  1. an island nation in Asia; Taiwan

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Italian[edit]

Italian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia it

Proper noun[edit]

Taiwan m

  1. Taiwan

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Marshallese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English Taiwan, from earlier Tayuan, Tayoan, or other variants, from Siraya tau (people) + an (place).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (phonetic) IPA(key): [tˠɑːiwɑnʲ], (enunciated) [tˠɑ iwɑnʲ]
  • (phonemic) IPA(key): /tˠæɰjiwænʲ/
  • Bender phonemes: {tahyiwan}

Proper noun[edit]

Taiwan

  1. Taiwan.

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Norwegian Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia no

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Taiwan

  1. Taiwan

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Norwegian Nynorsk Wikipedia has an article on:
Wikipedia nn

Proper noun[edit]

Taiwan

  1. Taiwan

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Portuguese[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From English Taiwan, from Mandarin 臺灣 (Táiwān).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /taj.ˈwɐ̃/
  • Hyphenation: Tai‧wan

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Taiwan f

  1. Taiwan, Republic of China (a country in East Asia)
  2. Taiwan, Formosa (the main island of the Republic of China)

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