xiao

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See also: Xiao, xiāo, xiáo, xiǎo, and xiào

English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

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a type of xiao flute

Borrowing from Mandarin (xiāo).

Noun[edit]

xiao (plural xiaos)

  1. Type of Chinese flute.

Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Borrowing from Mandarin (xiǎo).

Adjective[edit]

xiao (not comparable)

  1. (fiction) signifying a little one, junior, small guy, younger person. Usually is attached to a name

Usage notes[edit]

In Chinese-language fiction translated into English, to add a Chinese flavour (Mandarin language), some translators leave the term "xiao" untranslated, left in unaccented pinyin. This practice is similar to not translating "sifu" or "sensei"/"-san" in English-language Cantonese and Japanese fiction respectively.


Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

xiao

  1. Nonstandard spelling of xiāo.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of xiáo.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of xiǎo.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of xiào.

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.