[ ah-moi, am-oi ]

  1. a Fukienese dialect spoken in and around Xiamen, as well as on Taiwan and Hainan.

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How to use Amoy in a sentence

  • Amoy, however, wanted a brave and skilful garrison; and lacking this, the place was soon captured.

  • Previous to the conclusion of peace an incident occurred at Amoy which has caused misunderstanding in certain quarters.

    Japan | Various
  • Between Hong Kong and Amoy we encountered a series of baffling fogs, compelling us to anchor for days at a stretch.

    In Eastern Seas | J. J. Smith
  • But clearly the weather was in a very unsettled state, and outside Amoy the glass again went down with a rising head sea.

    In Eastern Seas | J. J. Smith
  • These junks are said to come chiefly from Amoy, where the cottons, &c., best suited for the Sooloos are made.

British Dictionary definitions for Amoy


/ (əˈmɔɪ) /

  1. a port in SE China, in Fujian province on Amoy Island, at the mouth of the Jiulong River opposite Taiwan: one of the first treaty ports opened to European trade (1842). Pop: 746 000 (2005 est): Modern Chinese name: Xiamen

  2. the dialect of Chinese spoken in Amoy, Taiwan, and elsewhere: a Min dialect

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