or Vi·et Cong
[vee-et-kong, -kawng, vyet-, vee-it-](during the Vietnam War)
- a Communist-led army and guerrilla force in South Vietnam that fought its government and was supported by North Vietnam.
- a member or supporter of this force.
- 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
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- the Communist-led guerrilla force and revolutionary army of South Vietnam; the armed forces of the National Liberation Front of South Vietnam
- a member of these armed forces
- (modifier) of or relating to the Vietcong or a Vietcong
from Vietnamese Viet Nam Cong San Vietnamese Communist
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Word Origin and History for 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
[(vee-et kong, kawng)]
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