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[vee-et-nah-meez, -mees, -nuh-, vyet-, vee-it-] /viˌɛt nɑˈmiz, -ˈmis, -nə-, ˌvyɛt-, ˌvi ɪt-/
noun, plural Vietnamese.
1.
a native or inhabitant of Vietnam.
2.
Formerly Annamese, Annamite. the language of Vietnam, of uncertain linguistic affiliation.
adjective
3.
of or relating to Vietnam or its inhabitants.
Origin of Vietnamese
1945-1950
First recorded in 1945-50; Vietnam + -ese
Related forms
pro-Vietnamese, adjective, noun, plural pro-Vietnamese.
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Vietnamese

/ˌvjɛtnəˈmiːz/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Vietnam, its people, or their language
noun
2.
(pl) -ese. a native or inhabitant of Vietnam
3.
the language of Vietnam, probably related to the Mon-Khmer languages
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Word Origin and History for Vietnamese

1947, from Vietnam + -ese.

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