[ an-uh-meez, -mees ]

  1. of or relating to Annam, its people, or their language.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Annamese in a sentence

  • In an Annamite saga a certain king wished to build a town on a site he had fixed upon.

    The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • An Annamite legend relates that a woodcutter found some fairies bathing at a lovely fountain.

    The Science of Fairy Tales | Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • Chinese has flooded the vocabularies of Corean, Japanese, and Annamite for centuries, but has received nothing in return.

    Language | Edward Sapir
  • Quite otherwise is the character of the Annamite, who spares no pains over the cultivation and improvement of his ricefields.

  • The Annamite thrashes the air with his whip and swears by Buddha that he is the victim of a pernicious conspiracy.

British Dictionary definitions for Annamese


/ (ˌænəˈmiːz) /

  1. of or relating to Annam

adjective, noun
  1. a former word for Vietnamese

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