Definition of Capitan China in English:

Capitan China

noun

historical
  • In various (former) European colonies in South-East Asia: (a title for) the headman or leader of the Chinese community, who acts as their representative in dealings between the community and the colonial government.

Origin

Early 17th century. In some forms from captain + the name of China.

Pronunciation

Capitan China

/ˌkapɪtan ˈtʃʌɪnə/