Siamese

[sahy-uh-meez, -mees]
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adjective

noun, plural Si·a·mese.


Origin of Siamese

First recorded in 1685–95; Siam + -ese

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British Dictionary definitions for siamese

Siamese

noun plural -mese

adjective

characteristic of, relating to, or being a Siamese twin

adjective, noun

another word for Thai
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Word Origin and History for siamese

Siamese

adj.

"of or pertaining to Siam," 1690s; see Siam + -ese. Also from 1690s as a noun meaning "native of Siam." the original Siamese twins (exhibited from 1829) were Chang and Eng (1814-1874), Thai-Chinese natives of Siam who settled in the U.S. Hence Siamesed (adj.) "joined in the manner of Siamese twins" (1830). Siamese cat is attested from 1871.

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