Definition of Zhou in US English:


(also Chou)

proper noun

  • A dynasty which ruled in China from the 11th century BC to 256 BC.

The dynasty's rule is commonly divided into Western Zhou (which ruled from a capital in the west of the region near Xian until 771 BC) and Eastern Zhou (which ruled after 771 BC from a capital based in the east). The rule of the Eastern Zhou saw the Chinese classical age of Confucius and Lao-tzu