diǎn

  1. diǎn noun canon / classic / scripture
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: Middle Chinese: tenX;as in 典籍 (Kroll 2015 '典' 1; GHC '典' 1) In Shuo Wen, 典,經也。‘diǎn means the same as jīng.’ ('Er Ya, Shi Yan'《爾雅‧釋言》, 1739) For example, 修其訓典 'cultivated in teaching the classics.' (Records of the Grand Historian, Annals of Zhou 《史記‧周本紀》) Also, 冬讀書,典書者詔之。 'In winter they read the book of History, being instructed by the guardians of it.' (The Classic of Rites, King Wen as Son and Heir 《禮記‧文王世子》)
  2. diǎn noun laws / regulations
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: As in 法则 or 制度 (Kroll 2015 '典' 2; NCCED '典' 2-3; GHC '典' 2) For example, 乃命大史守典奉法 'He also orders the Grand recorder to guard the statutes and maintain the laws ...' (The Classic of Rites, Proceedings of Government in the Different Months 《禮記‧月令》)
  3. diǎn noun a ceremony
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: As in 典礼 (NCCED '典' 4; GHC '典' 5)
  4. diǎn noun an institution in imperial China
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: As in 典章 (GHC '典' 3)
  5. diǎn adjective refined / elegant
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: As in 典雅 (GHC '典' 4)
  6. diǎn verb to administer
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: As in 掌管 (GHC '典' 6; NCCED '典' 6; Kroll 2015 '典' 4)
  7. diǎn verb to pawn
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: As in 典当 or 抵押 (GHC '典' 7; Kroll 2015 '典' 5)
  8. diǎn noun an allusion / a precedent
    Domain: Literary Chinese 文言文
    Notes: (Kroll 2015 '典' 3; NCCED '典' 5)

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