Meaning of pinyin

pin•yin

Pronunciation: (pin'yin'), [key]
— n.
  1. a 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.
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