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Vietcong

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[vee-et-kong, -kawng, vyet-, vee-it-] /viˌɛtˈkɒŋ, -ˈkɔŋ, ˌvyɛt-, ˌvi ɪt-/ (during the Vietnam War)
noun, plural Vietcong.
1.
a Communist-led army and guerrilla force in South Vietnam that fought its government and was supported by North Vietnam.
2.
a member or supporter of this force.
adjective
3.
of or relating to this force or one of its members or supporters.
Origin of Vietcong
1960-1965
First recorded in 1960-65, Vietcong is from the Vietnamese word Việt-cộng
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British Dictionary definitions for Vietcong

Vietcong

/ˌvjɛtˈkɒŋ/
noun (in the Vietnam War)
1.
the Communist-led guerrilla force and revolutionary army of South Vietnam; the armed forces of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam
2.
a member of these armed forces
3.
(modifier) of or relating to the Vietcong or a Vietcong
Word Origin
from Vietnamese Viet Nam Cong San Vietnamese Communist
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