noun, plural Pe·king·ese for 1, 4.

  1. one of a Chinese breed of small dogs having a long, silky coat.
  2. the standard Chinese language.
  3. the dialect of Peking.
  4. a native or inhabitant of Peking.


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Peking.


  1. plural -ese a small breed of pet dog with a profuse straight coat, curled plumed tail, and short wrinkled muzzle
  2. the dialect of Mandarin Chinese spoken in Beijing (formerly Peking), the pronunciation of which serves as a standard for the language
  3. plural -ese a native or inhabitant of Beijing (formerly Peking)


  1. of or relating to Beijing (formerly Peking) or its inhabitants

1907, “small long-haired dog of the pug type,” so called because originally brought from the Imperial Palace at Peking, China. Also Pekinese.

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