Definition of Xiang in English:


(also Hsiang)

Pronunciation /ˌSHēˈäNG/ /ˌʃiˈɑŋ/


  • A variety of Chinese spoken mainly in Hunan province.

    ‘The main varieties of ‘Chinese’ (Cantonese, Hakka, Hsiang, Kan, Mandarin, Min, and Wu) are as distinct from one another as English from Danish or German.’
    • ‘Approximately 3 per cent of the Han population speak Xiang dialects.’