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Vietnamese

[vee-et-nah-meez, -mees, -nuh-, vyet-, vee-it-]
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noun, plural Vi·et·nam·ese.
  1. a native or inhabitant of Vietnam.
  2. Formerly Annamese, Annamite. the language of Vietnam, of uncertain linguistic affiliation.
adjective
  1. of or relating to Vietnam or its inhabitants.

Origin of Vietnamese

First recorded in 1945–50; Vietnam + -ese
Related formspro-Vi·et·nam·ese, adjective, noun, plural pro·-Vi·et·nam·ese.
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Vietnamese

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Vietnam, its people, or their language
noun
  1. plural -ese a native or inhabitant of Vietnam
  2. the language of Vietnam, probably related to the Mon-Khmer languages
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Word Origin and History for vietnamese

Vietnamese

1947, from Vietnam + -ese.

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