Meaning of hukou in English:

hukou

Pronunciation /ˈhuːkəʊ/

nounhukou, hukous

  • 1An official document issued by the Chinese government, certifying that the holder is a legal resident of a particular area.

    ‘only students with a Beijing hukou are allowed to take the exam in the capital’
    • ‘the proportion of city residents who lack urban hukou has been rising’
    1. 1.1mass noun The Chinese system whereby people are legally required to register as residents of a particular area.
      • ‘the cost for reforming hukou with a starting group of 20 million migrants would be about $320 billion’

Origin

Chinese.