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English Definitiona decade of a century (e.g. the Sixties); age; era; period
Simplified Script年代
Traditional ScriptSame
Effective Pinyin
(After Tone Sandhi)
Zhuyin (Bopomofo)ㄋㄧㄢˊ ㄉㄞˋ
Cantonese (Jyutping)nin4doi6
Part of Speech(名) noun
Measure Words
Proficiency Test LevelHSK=5; TOP=Intermediate
Word Decomposition
niányear; (Chinese surname)
dàito substitute; to act on behalf of others; to replace; generation; dynasty; age; period; (historical) era; (geological) eon

Related Words

Words With Same Head Word    
年级niánjígrade; year (in school, college etc)
年龄niánlíng(a person's) age
年底niándǐthe end of the year; year-end
Words With Same Tail Word    
现代xiàndàimodern times; modern age; modern era; Hyundai, South Korean company
时代shídàiage; era; epoch; period (in one's life); Time, US weekly news magazine
古代gǔdàiancient times; olden times
交代jiāodàito hand over; to explain; to make clear; to brief (somebody); to account for; to justify oneself; to confess; to finish (colloquial)
后代hòudàiposterity; later periods; later ages; later generations
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