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See also: Qin, qín, qìn, Qín, qīn, and qǐn



From Mandarin (qín).


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qin (plural qins)

  1. (music) Any of several traditional Chinese musical instruments, most commonly the seven-stringed instrument more specifically called the guqin.
    • 1989, Zhongguo fu li hui, Chung-kuo fu li hui, China Reconstructs
      ... there was no longer anyone worth playing his qin for, so he broke his instrument and never played again. The guqin was also a means of expressing love.
    • 2006, Dana Standridge, Lessons in Essence: A Novel:
      He makes his qin students take calligraphy with him, and calligraphy and painting students play the qin.


See also[edit]




  1. Nonstandard spelling of qīn.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of qín.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of qǐn.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of qìn.

Usage notes[edit]

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.