or Vi·et Nam
- Official name Socialist Republic of Vietnam. a country in SE Asia, comprising the former states of Annam, Tonkin, and Cochin-China: formerly part of French Indochina; divided into North Vietnam and South Vietnam during the Vietnam War but now reunified. 126,104 sq. mi. (326,609 sq. km). Capital: Hanoi.Compare North Vietnam, South Vietnam.
- Vietnam War.
Examples from the Web for vietnam
Compared with neighbors Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos, Cambodia appears to have a blossoming civil society.Cambodia’s Smoke-and-Mirrors Democracy
January 9, 2015
Take the chief metric of the war in Vietnam—body counts, which ultimately did not answer whether the strategy was working.Pentagon Doesn’t Know How Many People It’s Killed in the ISIS War
Nancy A. Youssef
January 7, 2015
Same with my uncle and cousins when their planes landed from Vietnam.A Veteran’s View: NYC Cold War Between Cops and City Hall
December 29, 2014
One of the most horrific episodes of the Vietnam War is being made into a government-funded opera.The My Lai Massacre Inspires an Opera
December 17, 2014
In Vietnam, Lewis was advisor to a Vietnamese infantry unit, whose nickname for him was “Captain of Many Kilos.”A West Point MVP Who Never Played a Down
December 13, 2014
Do you think you would still be alive if you had been sent to Vietnam?A Dictionary of Cebuano Visayan
John U. Wolff
The quest for peace tonight continues in Vietnam, and in the Paris talks.
Not too many years ago Vietnam was a peaceful, if troubled, land.
I believe that we can continue the Great Society while we fight in Vietnam.
Because of Vietnam we cannot do all that we should, or all that we would like to do.
- a republic in SE Asia: an ancient empire, conquered by France in the 19th century; occupied by Japan (1940–45) when the Communist-led Vietminh began resistance operations that were continued against restored French rule after 1945. In 1954 the country was divided along the 17th parallel, establishing North Vietnam (under the Vietminh) and South Vietnam (under French control), the latter becoming the independent Republic of Vietnam in 1955. From 1959 the country was dominated by war between the Communist Vietcong, supported by North Vietnam, and the South Vietnamese government; increasing numbers of US forces were brought to the aid of the South Vietnamese army until a peace agreement (1973) led to the withdrawal of US troops; further fighting led to the eventual defeat of the South Vietnamese government in March 1975 and in 1976 an elected National Assembly proclaimed the reunification of the country. Official language: Vietnamese. Religion: Buddhist majority. Currency: dong. Capital: Hanoi. Pop: 92 477 857 (2013 est). Area: 331 041 sq km (127 816 sq miles)Official name: Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Word Origin and History for vietnam
from Vietnamese Viet, the people's name + nam "south." Vietnam War attested by 1963.