- pertaining to Canton, China, its inhabitants, or their language.
Origin of Cantonese
Examples from the Web for cantonese
Cantonese, with its individual characters, also forces rappers to adopt a staccato lyricism.Why Won’t Hong Kong Get Down With Hip-Hop?
June 10, 2014
Then there is the Cantonese dish known as "dragon, tiger, and phoenix", made of snake, cat, and chicken.Poisoning of CEO in Cat Stew Stirs Outrage Among Rights Activists
January 6, 2012
I grew up hearing Cantonese and then I studied Mandarin for a while.The Girls of Paris, China
June 19, 2009
They know us by the Cantonese laundrymen, the class which ranks with their lowest classes.
Our lower classes, "coolies" from the Cantonese districts, have flocked to America.
A Shanghai man, for instance, is unintelligible to a Cantonese, and so on.The Civilization Of China
Herbert A. Giles
She wore Manchu dress, which puzzled us, as she is Cantonese.Intimate China
Mrs. Archibald Little
My followers were only six in number—W—— and the five Cantonese.Ti-Ping Tien-Kwoh
- 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
Word Origin and History for cantonese
1816, from Canton, former transliteration of the name of the Chinese region now known in English as Guangzhou. The older name is from the former British-run, Hong Kong-based Chinese postal system. As an adjective from 1840.