On my Chinese dictionary, there are a few characters that I don't know what it means. It says: 商务印书馆. I want to know what it means.

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    This could easily have been looked up in a dictionary, like CC-EDICT, freely available.
    – Ming
    Feb 19, 2015 at 0:46
  • I don't find that in my dictionary
    – Happy Time
    Feb 21, 2015 at 17:44

2 Answers 2


A quick Google search told me this:

商务印书馆 is the first modern publishing organization in China.

Your dictionary is probably published by 商务印书馆.


  • Modern?? 商务印书馆The Commercial Press, Beijing (est. 1897)
    – Pedroski
    Feb 19, 2015 at 2:46
  • @Pedroski That sounds modern to me. Feb 19, 2015 at 4:47
  • Maybe you would like to change your name to Methuselah!笑话啊!
    – Pedroski
    Feb 19, 2015 at 9:19

It's the name of the publisher of the dictionary. Xin Hua Zi Dian (新华字典) by 商务印书馆(literally: Commercial Press/Publishing/Printing Company) is the standard dictionary or at least the recommended dictionary by education ministry for schoolers in Mainland China. It's like what Webster dictionary is in the U.S. or Oxford dictionary is in the U.K.

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