Meaning of putonghua in English:


Pronunciation /ˌpuːtʊŋˈhwɑː/


mass noun
  • The standard spoken form of modern Chinese, based on the dialect of Beijing.

    ‘Suyong used a mixture of Anhui dialect and putonghua to speak to the reporter, so her meaning is barely understood.’
    • ‘They refuse to speak putonghua and they refuse to travel to China.’
    • ‘The official language of China is putonghua or Mandarin, spoken by over 70 percent of the Han Chinese.’
    • ‘He spoke for too long and his putonghua is not very good.’
    • ‘Another option if you speak a bit of the putonghua is to have a tailor visit you at home.’


Chinese, literally ‘common spoken language’.