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Pin·yinor pin·yin (pĭn′yĭn′, -yĭn)
A system for transcribing the pronunciation of the standard variety of Mandarin using the Roman alphabet, officially adopted by the People's Republic of China in 1979.
[Mandarin pīn yīn, to combine sounds into syllables, spell : pīn, to combine (from Middle Chinese pjiajŋ) + yīn, sound, syllable (from Middle Chinese ʔim).]
(Linguistics) a system of romanized spelling developed in China in 1958: used to transliterate Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet
(sometimes cap.) a system for transliterating Chinese into the Latin alphabet, introduced in 1958 and officially adopted by the People's Republic of China in 1979.
[< Chinese pīnyīn literally, phonetic spelling (pīn arrange, classify + yīn sound, pronunciation)]