[ kan-tn-eez, -ees ]

noun,plural Can·ton·ese.
  1. a Chinese language spoken in Canton, the surrounding area of southern China, and Hong Kong.

  2. a native or inhabitant of Canton, China.

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

Origin of Cantonese

First recorded in 1855–60; Canton + -ese

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

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British Dictionary definitions for Cantonese


/ (ˌkæntəˈniːz) /

  1. the Chinese language spoken in the city of Canton, Guangdong and Guanxi provinces, Hong Kong, and elsewhere outside China

  2. plural -ese a native or inhabitant of the city of Canton or Guangdong province

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

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