from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- A medieval name for China popularized by Marco Polo in accounts of his travels. It usually applied only to the area north of the Chang Jiang (Yangtze River).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The name that was given to northern China by Marco Polo
- proper n. by extension, an alternate name for China.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. China; -- an old name for the Celestial Empire, said have been introduced by Marco Polo and to be a corruption of the Tartar name for North China (Khitai, the country of the Khitans.)
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world
From Portuguese "Catai", from Khitan (契丹, Qìdān), the Chinese name of a Mongolian tribe who ruled Manchuria from 907-1115 CE. Cognate with Spanish Catay and Russian Китай. (Wiktionary)