Definition of nien hao in English:

nien hao


  • A title given to the reign, or part of the reign, of a Chinese emperor, used in imperial China as a system of dating. Hence: a mark (signifying a particular imperial reign-period) used on Chinese porcelain to indicate an object's period of manufacture.


Early 19th century. From Chinese niánhào (Wade-Giles transcription nien hao) from nián year + hào name of a reign or dynasty.


nien hao

/ˌnjɛn ˈhaʊ/