Meaning of Pekinese in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpiːkɪˈniːz/

nounplural noun Pekinese

(also Pekingese)
  • A lapdog of a short-legged breed with long hair and a snub nose, originally brought to Europe from the Summer Palace at Beijing (Peking) in 1860.

    ‘Another theory is that the Tibetan Spaniel was bred with the Pekingese to create predecessors of the Shih Tzu.’
    • ‘The Pekingese exists as a breed at least from the period of A.D. 700.’
    • ‘It is the Shih Tzu's unique head and expression that actually distinguishes the breed from two other related Oriental breeds, the Lhasa Apso and the Pekingese.’
    • ‘Differences in weight is most likely due to cross breeding in the past with smaller dogs such as the Pekingese to get a smaller size Shih Tzu.’
    • ‘Among the Oriental dogs produced are the Shih Tzu, the Pekingese, the Chow Chow, the Lhasa Apso, the Spitz, and the Pug.’
    • ‘Its long fur causes it to suffer in extreme heat, making it necessary to keep the Pekingese inside during hot summer days.’
    • ‘Chinese drawings and scrolls suggest that three types of small dog predominated at the time - the lion dog, the Pekingese, and the Lo-sze.’
    • ‘She mated a black Shih Tzu bitch to a black and white Pekingese dog, who had unusually straight front legs for a Pekingese.’
    • ‘The Shih Tzu is related to the Pekingese incidentally.’
    • ‘When I was seven, my parents gave me a Pekingese for my birthday.’
    • ‘Smallness must have been fashionable and something of a status symbol in both the Apso and the Shih Tzu as well as the Pekingese.’
    • ‘Crossing a pug with a Pekingese, for example, could produce disastrous consequences.’
    • ‘While you are at school, your boyfriend could maybe take care of your Pekingese.’
    • ‘With their lion-shaped faces and coarse hair, Pekinese are used to being considered something of a bad joke.’
    • ‘Then, telling him to stay, quite like one would do to their pet Pekinese, she marched up the front steps and jammed her key in the door.’
    • ‘The Pekingese was awarded Reserve Best In Show.’
    • ‘I hadn't known it when I got hired, but I probably should have been clued in something was afoot when I saw the pet Pekinese of the co-owner of the company.’
    • ‘It is fortunate that her two other dogs - a German Shepherd and Pekinese - are not badly affected and settle for hiding under the kitchen table.’
    • ‘This is a serious, workman's dog, not the Pekinese or poodle that would denote a fop, and it is both relaxed and disciplined, which simultaneously demonstrates and justifies its confidence in the way things are.’
    • ‘As for the dog: this Pekinese is no ordinary dog but a ‘classical music expert’.’


(also Pekingese)
  • Relating to Beijing, its citizens, or their culture or cuisine.

    ‘Cantonese and Pekinese recipes’
    • ‘The unassuming restaurant has been quietly offering Szechuan and Pekinese food tasty enough to rival some of Chinatown's best for some years now.’
    • ‘Her Pekingese dog was perched happily on her lap.’
    • ‘So girls, next time you are crammed into economy seats, not big enough for a Pekinese dog, you know what to do.’
    • ‘The introduction of the Pekingese strain was also probably designed to help make the larger mountain watchdog (the Apso) more suitable for the Imperial Palace.’
    • ‘They set him up with his own restaurant, the Kuo Yuan in North West London, and it soon became a huge hit, not least because he was serving the first Pekinese dishes Britain had ever seen, including Peking Duck.’