- a former kingdom and French protectorate along the E coast of French Indochina: now part of Vietnam.
Examples from the Web for annam
There are four Pangerans, Annam being the most daring of the whole.The Expedition to Borneo of H.M.S. Dido
In 1882 new territory was acquired in Annam and, in 1884, Cambodia.
The Buddhism of Annam is often described as corrupt and decadent.
There are still about 130,000 Chams in the south of Annam and Camboja.
But he alienated the affections of his subjects and was deposed by the intervention of Annam.
- a former kingdom (3rd century–1428), empire (1428–1884), and French protectorate (1884–1945) of E Indochina: now part of Vietnam
Word Origin and History for annam
old alternative name for Vietnam, from Chinese, literally "pacified south," the name given to the old nation of Nam Viet by the Chinese after they conquered it 111 B.C.E. From an "peace" + nan "south." It was discarded upon restoration of Viet independence in 939 C.E., but it stuck in Western geographies and was reapplied to the region c.1790 by the French.