[ ber-meez, ‐mees ]
/ bərˈmiz, ‐ˈmis /

noun, plural Bur·mese.

a native or inhabitant of Burma.
the Tibeto-Burman language of the Burman ethnic group: the official language of Burma.


of or relating to Burma, its inhabitants, or the language Burmese.

Origin of Burmese

First recorded in 1815–25; Burm(a) + -ese
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/ (bɜːˈmiːz) /

adjective Also: Burman

of, relating to, or characteristic of Burma (Myanmar), its people, or their language

noun plural -mese

a native or inhabitant of Burma (Myanmar)
the official language of Burma (Myanmar), belonging to the Sino-Tibetan family
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