From Latin Sinae (“an Oriental people mentioned by Ptolemy”), or Arabic [script needed] (Sin, “China or the Chinese”) + Ancient Greek [Term?] (“discourse”), formed like theologue. Compare French sinologue.
sinologue (plural sinologues)
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for sinologue in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)