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The Chinese word nian - 年 - nián
(year in Chinese)

Phonetic script (Hanyu Pinyin)


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English translations

year, yearly,
age, annual

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Chinese characters  ( nian / nián ) with pronunciation (English translation: year )
The traditional Chinese characters of nián are identical with the modern (simplified) characters displayed above.

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(Meaning of individual characters, character components etc.)

age  |  young
年 ( nian / nián ) belongs to the 50 most common Chinese characters (rank 30)
Chinese example words containing the character 年 ( nian / nián )
拜年 ( bàinián = to wish somebody a Happy New Year ), 当年 ( dāngnián = this year ), 今年 ( jīnnián = this year ), 明年 ( míngnián = next year ), 年画儿 ( niánhuàr = New Year picture ), 年级 ( niánjí = grade ), 年纪 ( niánjì = age ), 年龄 ( niánlíng = age ), 年轻 ( niánqīng = young ), 年夜饭 ( niányèfàn = new year's eve family dinner ), 青年 ( qīngnián = youth ), 青年旅馆 ( qīngnián lǚshè = youth hostel ), 去年 ( qùnián = last year ), 少年 ( shàonián = juvenile ), 新年 ( xīnnián = new year ), 中年 ( zhōngnián = midlife ), 周年 ( zhōunián = anniversary ), 周年快乐 ( zhōuniánkuàilè = happy anniversary )
More words that mean year in Chinese
qiū ( 秋 ), suì ( 岁 )

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