[ber-meez, ‐mees]

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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Examples from the Web for burmese

Contemporary Examples of burmese

Historical Examples of burmese

  • The Burmese women are very attractive, as is testified by all who know them.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • I wish it were possible for me to give a fuller account of the Burmese family.

    The Truth About Woman

    C. Gasquoine Hartley

  • The great rivers of the Burmese peninsula flow from north to south.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • Even under the rule of the Burmese kings there was the very widest tolerance.

  • Many children, the Burmese will tell you, remember their former lives.

British Dictionary definitions for burmese


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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Word Origin and History for burmese


1823 (adj.), 1824 (n.), from Burma + -ese.

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