Place Name CHINA

TYPE: Country
PRONOUNCED: CHIE-nə (English), SHEE-na (Dutch)   [details]

Meaning & History

From Persian چین (Chin), probably derived via Sanskrit from Qin, the name of a dynasty that ruled in China in the 3rd century BC. In China the name Zhongguo is used to refer to the country.
OTHER LANGUAGES/CULTURES: Chine (French), Cina (Italian), Chin (Persian)