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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Chin
  1. The lower extremity of the face below the mouth; the point of the under jaw.
  2. [Zoöl] The exterior or under surface embraced between the branches of the lower jaw bone, in birds.

Etymology: AS. cin, akin to OS. kin, G kinn, Icel. kinn, cheek, Dan. & Sw. kind, L. gena, Gr. �; cf. Skr. hanu. √232

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  1. The protruding part of the lower jaw
  2. Kamarupan languages spoken in western Burma and Bangladesh and easternmost India
  3. Raise oneself while hanging from one's hands until one's chin is level with the support bar

From Middle English chyn, from Old English cin or ċinn (“chin”), from Proto-Germanic *kinnuz (“chin”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵénus (“chin, jaw”). Compare West Frisian/Dutch kin, Low German/German Kinn, Danish kind, Icelandic kinn and Welsh gen, Latin gena, Tocharian A śanwem, Ancient Greek γένυς (génus) 'jaw', Armenian ծնոտ (cnot), Persian چانه (čâne), Sanskrit हनु (hánu).

  1. The bottom of a face, (specifically) the typically jutting jawline below the mouth.
  2. (slang, US) Talk.
  3. (slang, Britain) A lie, a falsehood.
  4. (boxing, uncountable) The ability to withstand being punched in the chin without being knocked out.

Shortening of chinchilla.

  1. (affectionate) a chinchilla.

    chin was also found in the following language(s): Aromanian, Franco-Provençal, Japanese, Navajo, Romanian, and Spanish

    Notable Persons Named Chin

    Chin was given the name Ong Boon Hua on October 21st, 1924 in Sitiawan. He left this life on September 16th, 2013.


    He was most active from 1978 to present. Chin was born on January 26th, 1963 in Hong Kong.


    His ongoing career started in 1966.


    Chin Wan is a scholar and writer. Chin was born on November 8th, 1961 in Hong Kong.


    Her most notable accomplishments were from 1925 to 2000. Chin was born on February 22nd, 1909 in Shanghai. Chin is also known as Qian Siying. She passed away on October 15th, 2007.


    Chin Injeti is a hip hop music, pop music, rhythm, blues, and folk music producer, musician, songwriter, singer, a&r, record producer, and singing. He plays Bass guitar, Piano, Keyboard instrument, and Guitar. He was most prominent from 1994 to present. Chin was given the name Pranam Injeti in India. Chin is also known as CHIN and Chin (stage name).


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Chin

    Tessanne Chin is a pop music, reggae rock, and soul music musician. She plays Acoustic guitar and Vocals. She has been prominent since 2006. Tessanne was given the name Tessanne Amanda Chin on September 20th, 1985 in Kingston, Jamaica.


    Lee Lin Chin is a news presenter, journalist, and fashionista. She was most prominent from 1968 to present. Lee was born in Jakarta.


    Tsai Chin is an artist.



    Chyi Chin is a mandopop singing and songwriter. He plays Guitar and Bass guitar. His most notable accomplishments were from 1981 to 2002.


    Denny Chin is a Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, Judge of theUnited States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and Judge of theUnited States District . Denny was born in Kowloon.


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    Common last names for Chin

    • Lee
    • Wong
    • Kim
    • Chen
    • Hong
    • Wing
    • Chang
    • Sing
    • Fong
    • Chong
    • Yee
    • Woo
    • Jung
    • Young

    Common first names for Chin

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Chin U.S.
      White 5.90% 64.26%
      African American 6.74% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 76.08% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.09% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 8.12% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.06% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Chin

    People with the last name Chin are most frequently Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander

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    Fun Facts about the name Chin

    • How Popular is the name Chin? Chin is the 32,386th most popular name of all time. As a last name Chin was the 1,279th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Chin have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 134 babies born with the first name Chin in the United States. That's more than enough people named Chin to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Chin? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Chin first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Chin is Thursday, June 13th, 1867.
    • What year had the most people named Chin born? The highest recorded use of the first name Chin was in 1881 with a total of 11 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Chin: Your name in reverse order is Nihc. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Cnih. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Chin? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 27,487 people with the last name Chin.
    • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Chin? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 9 of them will have Chin as their last name.

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    • Sources:
    • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
    • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
    • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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