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중국어 - Chinese language 한자 - Chinese characters 한자어 - Sino-Korean language(???)

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    중국어 — the Chinese language / 한자 — The Chinese characters / 한자어 — Sino-Korean words. 語 (어) means a language or a word. May 26 at 23:30

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한자어(漢字語) in the Korean language simply indicates a group of words based on Chinese characters or words, as opposed to 고유어(固有語) or 순우리말, both point to the other group of native-oriented words.

Here, the words "고유어" and "순우리말" are synonyms, but the word "고유어" is a 한자어, while the word "순우리말" is a 고유어.

And of course, not every word either has Chinese-origin or is native-oriented. Thus there's the third group, 외래어(外來語), for the words imported from the rest of the world.

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  • “고유어 is a 한자어?” No, it isn’t. What did you intend to say? May 26 at 23:28
  • 고유어(固有語) is a word that all of its letters are Chinese characters. It is a 한자어.
    – krim
    May 28 at 3:11
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    Wait, hold on... Did you mean the word "고유어" itself is a Sino-Korean word? I find the way you phrased it a bit misleading... May 28 at 3:26
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    Let me clarify that one. With "The word," we could make clear that you're talking about the words themselves, not their meanings. May 28 at 3:38
  • Just like monosyllabic is multisyllabic. :P
    – jick
    May 28 at 3:50

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