UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈpɪnˈjɪn/US:USA pronunciation: respellingUSA pronunciation: respelling(pinyin)

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pin•yin  (pinyin),USA pronunciation n. (sometimes cap.)
  1. Linguisticsa system for transliterating Chinese into the Latin alphabet: introduced in 1958 and adopted as the official system of romanization by the People's Republic of China in 1979. Cf.  Wade-Giles system. 
  • Chinese pīnyīn literally, phonetic spelling (pīn arrange, classify + yīn sound, pronunciation)

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Pinyin /ˈpɪnˈjɪn/ n
  1. a system of romanized spelling developed in China in 1958: used to transliterate Chinese characters into the Roman alphabet
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