Definition of pai-hua in English:

pai-hua

noun

  • The standard written form of modern Chinese, based on the northern dialects, especially that of Beijing (Peking); the vernacular literary style.

Origin

1920s. From Chinese báihuà plain speech, vernacular (Wade-Giles transcription p'aihua) from bái white, pure, plain + huà word, talk.

Pronunciation

pai-hua

/pʌɪˈhwɑː/