[ chawng-sahm ]
/ ˈtʃɔŋˈsɑm /


a form-fitting, knee-length dress with a mandarin collar and slit skirt, worn chiefly by Chinese women.

Origin of cheongsam

1955–60; < Chinese dial. (Guangdong) chèuhngsāam, equivalent to Chinese chángshān long dress Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

British Dictionary definitions for cheongsam

/ (ˈtʃɒŋˈsæm) /


a straight dress, usually of silk or cotton, with a stand-up collar and a slit in one side of the skirt, worn by Chinese women

Word Origin for cheongsam

from Chinese (Cantonese), variant of Mandarin ch'ang shan long jacket
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