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 (sī-nĭt′ĭk, sĭ-)
The branch of Sino-Tibetan that comprises Chinese.

[Sin(o)- + -itic (as in Semitic).]

Si·nit′ic adj.


(Languages) a branch of the Sino-Tibetan family of languages, consisting of the various languages or dialects of Chinese. Compare Tibeto-Burman
(Languages) belonging or relating to this group of languages


(sɪˈnɪt ɪk)

1. the branch of Sino-Tibetan consisting of ancient and modern Chinese in its literary and dialect forms.
2. of or pertaining to the Chinese, their language, or their culture.
[1890–95; < Late Latin Sīn(ae) the Chinese (see Sino-) + -itic, probably after Semitic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sinitic - a group of Sino-Tibetan languages
Chinese - any of the Sino-Tibetan languages spoken in China; regarded as dialects of a single language (even though they are mutually unintelligible) because they share an ideographic writing system
Sino-Tibetan, Sino-Tibetan language - the family of tonal languages spoken in eastern Asia
Adj.1.Sinitic - of or relating to the Chinese people or their language or culture; "Sinitic dialects"
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