[ kan-tn-eez, -ees ]
/ ˌkæn tnˈiz, -ˈis /

noun, plural Can·ton·ese.

a Chinese language spoken in Canton, the surrounding area of southern China, and Hong Kong.
a native or inhabitant of Canton, China.


pertaining to Canton, China, its inhabitants, or their language.

Origin of Cantonese

First recorded in 1855–60; Canton + -ese Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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/ (ˌkæntəˈniːz) /


the Chinese language spoken in the city of Canton, Guangdong and Guanxi provinces, Hong Kong, and elsewhere outside China
plural -ese a native or inhabitant of the city of Canton or Guangdong province


of or relating to the city of Canton, Guangdong province, or the Chinese language spoken there
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