Saigon

[ sahy-gon ]
/ saɪˈgɒn /

noun

former name of Ho Chi Minh City: capital of former South Vietnam 1954–76.

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British Dictionary definitions for Saigon

Saigon
/ (saɪˈɡɒn) /

noun

the former name (until 1976) of Ho Chi Minh City
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Cultural definitions for Saigon

Saigon
[ (seye-gon) ]

City in southern Vietnam; capital of South Vietnam from 1954 to 1975.

notes for Saigon

A commercial, industrial, and transportation hub of Southeast Asia, Saigon enjoyed rapid growth and cultural prestige as the capital of French Indochina.

notes for Saigon

American and South Vietnamese forces were headquartered in Saigon during the Vietnam War.

notes for Saigon

Renamed Ho Chi Minh City by the victorious Vietnamese communists in 1976.
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