or Vi·et Cong

[vee-et-kong, -kawng, vyet-, vee-it-](during the Vietnam War)
noun, plural Vi·et·cong.
  1. a Communist-led army and guerrilla force in South Vietnam that fought its government and was supported by North Vietnam.
  2. a member or supporter of this force.
  1. of or relating to this force or one of its members or supporters.

Origin of Vietcong

First recorded in 1960–65, Vietcong is from the Vietnamese word Việt-cộng Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for viet cong


Viet Cong

noun (in the Vietnam War)
  1. the Communist-led guerrilla force and revolutionary army of South Vietnam; the armed forces of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam
  2. a member of these armed forces
  3. (modifier) of or relating to the Vietcong or a Vietcong

Word Origin for Vietcong

from Vietnamese Viet Nam Cong San Vietnamese Communist
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Word Origin and History for viet cong

Viet Cong


also Vietcong, 1957, "the communist guerilla force in Vietnam 1954-1976," from Vietnamese, in full Viet Nam Cong San, literally "Vietnamese communist."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

viet cong in Culture

Viet Cong

[(vee-et kong, kawng)]

South Vietnamese communist revolutionaries during the Vietnam War.

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