Type Country
Usage Chinese
Scripts 中国(Chinese) 中國(Traditional Chinese)
Pronounced Pron. CHUWNG-KWAW
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Meaning & History

Means "middle kingdom", from Chinese (zhōng) meaning "middle" and (guó) meaning "country, state". This is the Chinese name for China. The name originally referred to China's central regions, as opposed to the territory on the fringes.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesChūgoku, Chuugoku(Japanese) Jungguk(Korean)

Entry updated April 25, 2021