Definition of Pekinese in English:


(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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Its long fur causes it to suffer in extreme heat, making it necessary to keep the Pekingese inside during hot summer days.’
    • ‘The Pekingese exists as a breed at least from the period of A.D. 700.’
    • ‘She mated a black Shih Tzu bitch to a black and white Pekingese dog, who had unusually straight front legs for a Pekingese.’
    • ‘When I was seven, my parents gave me a Pekingese for my birthday.’
    • ‘The Pekingese was awarded Reserve Best In Show.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘With their lion-shaped faces and coarse hair, Pekinese are used to being considered something of a bad joke.’
    • ‘Among the Oriental dogs produced are the Shih Tzu, the Pekingese, the Chow Chow, the Lhasa Apso, the Spitz, and the Pug.’
    • ‘Another theory is that the Tibetan Spaniel was bred with the Pekingese to create predecessors of the Shih Tzu.’
    • ‘As for the dog: this Pekinese is no ordinary dog but a ‘classical music expert’.’
    • ‘While you are at school, your boyfriend could maybe take care of your Pekingese.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Smallness must have been fashionable and something of a status symbol in both the Apso and the Shih Tzu as well as the Pekingese.’
    • ‘The Shih Tzu is related to the Pekingese incidentally.’
    • ‘Crossing a pug with a Pekingese, for example, could produce disastrous consequences.’
    • ‘Chinese drawings and scrolls suggest that three types of small dog predominated at the time - the lion dog, the Pekingese, and the Lo-sze.’
    • ‘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.’


  • 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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’