or Vi·et Cong
(during the Vietnam War)
[ vee-et-kong, -kawng, vyet-, vee-it- ]
/ viˌɛtˈkɒŋ, -ˈkɔŋ, ˌvyɛt-, ˌvi ɪt- /
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noun, plural Vi·et·cong.
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.
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Origin of Vietcong
First recorded in 1960–65, Vietcong is from the Vietnamese word Việt-cộng
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How to use Vietcong in a sentence
He was hallucinating he was in a prison camp under the Viet Cong.
A few days later, on April 30, General Duong Van Minh surrendered to the Viet Cong and the Fall of Saigon was complete.Remembering the Fall of Saigon and Vietnam’s Mass ‘Boat People’ Exodus|Katie Baker|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
U.S. shotgunners used flechettes in Vietnam to get at Viet Cong hidden behind leaves and brush.At the Gun Show, Family Businesses and Angry Young Men|Patrick Blanchfield|April 24, 2013|DAILY BEAST
American policy held that if a Vietnamese looked at a hovering chopper, he must be Viet Cong.The Atrocity Lessons: What the U.S. Military Learned From Vietnam|Jake Whitney|February 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The soldiers were simply following policy, which said that if Vietnamese ran, they must be Viet Cong.The Atrocity Lessons: What the U.S. Military Learned From Vietnam|Jake Whitney|February 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for Vietcong
/ (ˌvjɛtˈkɒŋ) /
noun (in the Vietnam War)
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
Word Origin for Vietcong
from Vietnamese Viet Nam Cong San Vietnamese Communist
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cultural definitions for Vietcong
[ (vee-et kong, kawng) ]
South Vietnamese communist revolutionaries during the Vietnam War.
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