[an-uh-meez, -mees]
noun, plural An·na·mese. Also An·nam·ite [an-uh-mahyt] /ˈæn əˌmaɪt/.
  1. a native of Annam.
  2. former name of the language Vietnamese.

Origin of Annamese

First recorded in 1820–30; Annam + -ese


[vee-et-nah-meez, -mees, -nuh-, vyet-, vee-it-]
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.
  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. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for annamite


  1. of or relating to Annam
adjective, noun
  1. a former word for Vietnamese


  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Vietnam, its people, or their language
  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 annamite


1947, from Vietnam + -ese.

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