xian

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From the pinyin romanization of Chinese (xiàn)

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

xian ‎(plural xians)

  1. (China) An administrative subdivision of imperial, republican, and communist China roughly equivalent to counties, now distinguished from the more urban "districts" (qu).
Synonyms[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

An alternative capitalization of Xian.

Noun[edit]

xian ‎(plural xians)

  1. (sometimes pejorative or offensive) Alternative form of Xian: Christian.

Adjective[edit]

xian ‎(not comparable)

  1. (sometimes pejorative or offensive) Alternative form of Xian: Christian.
    • 1993, Emerson, Mary Moody, Simmons, Nancy Craig, editor, The Selected Letters of Mary Moody Emerson, Athens: University of Georgia Press, page 242:
      But what an epoch in the xian world—what a time for a xian Orator to make a deep & eternal impression on socity[sic].

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Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

xian

  1. Nonstandard spelling of xiān.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of xián.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of xiǎn.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of xiàn.

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.