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Burmese

[ber-meez, ‐mees] /bərˈmiz, ‐ˈmis/
noun, plural Burmese.
1.
a native or inhabitant of Burma.
2.
Burman (def 1).
3.
the Tibeto-Burman language of the Burman ethnic group: the official language of Burma.
adjective
4.
of or relating to Burma, its inhabitants, or the language Burmese.
5.
Burman (def 3).
Origin of Burmese
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; Burm(a) + -ese
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Examples from the Web for Burmese
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  • The Burmese women are very attractive, as is testified by all who know them.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • I wish it were possible for me to give a fuller account of the Burmese family.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • The great rivers of the Burmese peninsula flow from north to south.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • Even under the rule of the Burmese kings there was the very widest tolerance.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • So an inquiry was made, and the Burmese were asked why they did not ride on the coach.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
British Dictionary definitions for Burmese

Burmese

/bɜːˈmiːz/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Burma (Myanmar), its people, or their language
noun (pl) -mese
2.
a native or inhabitant of Burma (Myanmar)
3.
the official language of Burma (Myanmar), belonging to the Sino-Tibetan family
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Word Origin and History for Burmese

1823 (adj.), 1824 (n.), from Burma + -ese.

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