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From Taiwan +‎ -ese.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /taɪwəˈniːz/
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  • (US) enPR: tī'wä-nēzʹ, IPA(key): /ˌtaɪwɑˈniːz/
  • Rhymes: -iːz


Taiwanese (comparative more Taiwanese, superlative most Taiwanese)

  1. Of or pertaining to Taiwan.
    • 1997, Hawksley, Humphrey; Simon Hoberton, chapter 7, in Dragon Strike: The Millennium War[1] (Fiction), Sidgwick & Jackson, →ISBN, OCLC 37536473, page 338:
      As Reece Overhalt spoke to the President, the first reports came in of China’s invasion of the Taiwanese island of Peikan, just off the coast of Fujian.
    • 1998, Storey, Robert, “Islands of the Taiwan Straits”, in Taiwan (Lonely Planet)‎[2], 4th edition, →ISBN, OCLC 970524541, OL 8314799M, page 308:
      At 6.30 am on 23 August 1958, Mao delivered his response to Khrushchev's peace initiative. The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) rained thousands of artillery shells onto the Taiwanese islands of Kinmen and Matsu. The bombardment continued unabated for 44 days, during which time Kinmen sustained hits from over 474,000 artillery shells.

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



Taiwanese (plural Taiwanese)

  1. A person from Taiwan; usually plural.
    • 1965, “Lutheranism in Asia”, in Julius Bodensieck, editor, The Encyclopedia of the Lutheran Church[3], volume I, Minneapolis: Augsburg Publishing House, LCCN 64-21500, OCLC 1038167474, page 125, column 1:
      Congregations consist mainly of Mandarin-speaking refugees from the mainland but Taiwanese are not excluded. Student centers were established at Taipei, Panchiao, and Tainan for Bible study, fellowship, and personal counseling.
    • 1978, Nixon, Richard, RN: the Memoirs of Richard Nixon[4], Grosset & Dunlap, →ISBN, LCCN 77-87793, OCLC 760525066, OL 7561812M, page 570:
      Taiwan was the touchstone for both sides. We felt that we should not and could not abandon the Taiwanese; we were committed to Taiwan's right to exist as an independent nation.
    • 1996, Marsh, Robert M., “Solidarity with Extended Kin”, in The Great Transformation: Social Change in Taipei, Taiwan Since the 1960s[5], M.E. Sharpe, →ISBN, LCCN 96-6317, OCLC 925201650, pages 149-150:
      We know the “ethnic” distribution between Taiwanese and mainland Chinese households in each district (ch’ü) of Taipei. In 1963, the percent of Taiwanese households varied from only 28.8% in Taan district to 86% in Chiencheng district. In 1991, Taan again had the lowest percent of Taiwanese households (63%) and Tatung the highest (86%).
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:Taiwanese.


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  1. The variant of Hokkien spoken in Taiwan, the native language of the Hoklo.



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