Definition of Manchu in US English:



  • 1A member of a people originally living in Manchuria, who formed the last imperial dynasty of China (1644–1912).

    • ‘In the 18th century, the Manchus further encouraged Lamaism since they preferred Mongol males to become monks rather than warriors.’
    • ‘During the Ming dynasty dragon robes were used as gifts to dignitaries and bribes to ward off northern barbarians like the Manchus.’
    • ‘The Manchus, who originated in Manchuria, had seized power in China in 1644 and established the Qing dynasty, which ruled until 1911.’
    • ‘The Mongol rulers of Outer Mongolia enjoyed considerable autonomy under the Manchus, and all Chinese claims to Outer Mongolia following the establishment of the republic have rested on this oath.’
    • ‘Even though the Manchus tried very hard to learn the culture and adapt themselves to the Chinese ways, native Chinese still regarded them as barbarians.’
    • ‘The Qing dynasty was founded by Manchus, who conquered China in the 1640s.’
    • ‘The European force, now supported by the Manchus, then took its revenge on the Boxers.’
    • ‘Early in the 17th century the Manchus came in from the north, establishing relations between Korea and the Qing Dynasty.’
    • ‘However, the Tibetans, Mongols, Manchus, Koreans, and Uighur have written literature as well.’
    • ‘Manchuria had been artificially closed to immigration for almost three centuries after the nomadic Manchus had conquered China in 1644.’
    • ‘While the Manchus adopted many aspects of Chinese life, they remained segregated from them, intermarriage with Chinese was forbidden, and they had separate quarters in all Chinese cities.’
    • ‘The Eastern Qing Tombs is the first imperial graveyard built during the Qing Dynasty after the Manchus crossed the Great Wall and entered Beijing.’
    • ‘The Manchus conquered China and established an imperial dynasty which ruled between 1644 and 1911.’
    • ‘Once the Manchus were toppled, he saw his mission as uniting China under one military force, ending warlordism, and resisting the Japanese occupation of Chinese territory.’
    • ‘Korea suffered more attacks in 1627 and 1636, this time at the hands of the Manchus, who later conquered China.’
    • ‘When the Manchus took control of China in 1644, the wall ceased to have military significance.’
    • ‘The Qing dynasty was founded after the defeat of the Ming, the last native Chinese regime, by the Manchus, a central Asian people who invaded from the north in the late seventeenth century.’
    • ‘That Huang, a Han Chinese, resented being ruled by a dynasty of Manchus no doubt had something to do with this opinion, as did his desire to strengthen the position of scholar-officials like himself.’
    • ‘Meanwhile, the Manchus, ancient enemies of the Mongols, established the Qing dynasty.’
    • ‘These were brought to Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan in the 1880s by Muslim Chinese and Uighurs fleeing the collapse of their revolt against the Manchus.’
  • 2The Tungusic language of the Manchu.

    • ‘He was a custodian of literature, in Manchu, Mongolian, Chinese, Tibetan and the Uigur language of Turkestan.’
    • ‘Since 1855 Wo Ren had tutored his elder brother, who in turn was to become tutor in Manchu to the Emperor and to pass the extreme conservatism of Wo Ren to his own sons.’
    • ‘It is part of the diverse Uralic-Altaic language family, which spread with the ancient Mongol Empire and also contains Korean, Manchu, Turkish, Finnish, and Hungarian.’
    • ‘The job, translating the Bible into Manchu, would take him to St Petersburg for two years.’


  • Relating to the Manchu or their language.

    • ‘Since the Manchus ruled the Middle Kingdom in the 17th century, Manchu people have been mixed up with the Han people and so there is really blurry line between the Manchu cuisine and most other northern cuisines.’
    • ‘Other items include Manchu hats, embroidered purses, jewelry, hair ornaments, silk chamber hangings, and collars and emblems for dragon robes.’
    • ‘The most significant moment in the entire history of the Wall came one spring morning in 1644 when Manchu horsemen swept through the undefended First Gate here at Shanhaiguan, sealing the downfall of the Ming Dynasty.’
    • ‘It is set during the early Qing Dynasty, and Gordon Liu plays a man on the run after murderous Manchu oppressors kill his family.’
    • ‘The shortcomings of Sun and his Nationalist Party were rapidly exposed following the 1911 revolution that brought the collapse of the Manchu empire.’
    • ‘Common court dress, for both men and women, became the Manchu robe, which could cover multiple layers in the winter or be left loose in the summer.’
    • ‘The Manchu government recognised his bravery and awarded him the Order of the Golden Dragon Third Class - a magnificent medal which I keep to this day.’
    • ‘The Manchu women wore normally a one-piece dress which, likewise, came to be called ‘qipao’ or ‘banner dress.’’
    • ‘Various scholars found signs of just that in the late Ming and early Qing; the failure of these sprouts to blossom fully were then blamed on either Manchu or British intervention from outside.’
    • ‘A great dissatisfaction towards the weak Manchu government was shown in reports published during the time, as well as sympathy for the plight of the locals.’
    • ‘The princes of northern Mongolia submitted to Manchu rule in 1691.’
    • ‘He asked all the Hans to follow Manchu traditions, shaving their hair from the front of the head and wearing a thick plait at the back.’
    • ‘Since Shenyang was an early capital of the Manchu people, many other ancient sites scattered about the city, such as towers, temples and small palaces, tell the old stories of this nationality.’
    • ‘And most important as far as future friendship was concerned, was Salisbury's response when Sun Yat-sen was kidnapped by Manchu agents in London in 1896.’
    • ‘Ming generals, who had been dispatched to the northern frontier to check growing Manchu incursions, defected to the invaders.’
    • ‘As an ‘international concession’ as well as treaty port, its special privileges created an enclave exempt from Manchu authority.’
    • ‘A large portion of Manchu mythology is about ancestors.’
    • ‘She's the spitting image of a Manchu princess - no, warrior.’
    • ‘Could they have been warnings against over-indulgence and over-refinement that might weaken Manchu culture?’
    • ‘In addition, they were encouraged to use the Manchu language, rather than Chinese.’


The name in Manchu, literally ‘pure’.