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[vee-et-kong, -kawng, vyet-, vee-it-] /viˌɛtˈkɒŋ, -ˈkɔŋ, ˌvyɛt-, ˌvi ɪt-/ (during the Vietnam War)
noun, plural Vietcong.
a Communist-led army and guerrilla force in South Vietnam that fought its government and was supported by North Vietnam.
a member or supporter of this force.
of or relating to this force or one of its members or supporters.
Origin of Vietcong
First recorded in 1960-65, Vietcong is from the Vietnamese word Việt-cộng Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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noun (in the Vietnam War)
the Communist-led guerrilla force and revolutionary army of South Vietnam; the armed forces of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam
a member of these armed forces
(modifier) of or relating to the Vietcong or a Vietcong
Word Origin
from Vietnamese Viet Nam Cong San Vietnamese Communist
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Viet Cong


also Vietcong, 1957, "the communist guerilla force in Vietnam 1954-1976," from Vietnamese, in full Viet Nam Cong San, literally "Vietnamese communist."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Viet Cong [(vee-et kong, kawng)]

South Vietnamese communist revolutionaries during the Vietnam War.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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