English translation of 繁体字
complex characters pl
Complex characters, also known as traditional Chinese characters, had been used as the Chinese script for centuries in all parts of China until 1956 when the government of the People's Republic of China carried out a programme of simplifying these characters in an effort to improve the literacy rate by making characters easier to write. Since then, 简体字 (jiǎntǐzì) `simplified characters', have become the dominant form of the Chinese script. However, for various cultural and political reasons, some Chinese-speaking regions and communities did not accept these changes, and continue to use the old system. Hong Kong and Taiwan are among these regions.
Translation of 繁体字 from the Collins Chinese to English Dictionary