Place Name CHINA

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

Meaning & History

From Persian چین (Chin), probably derived via Sanskrit चीन (China) 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: Kina (Danish), Chine (French), Chin (Hindi), Cina (Italian), Kina (Norwegian), Chin (Persian), Kina (Swedish)
Entry updated December 8, 2017