or Vi·et Cong

[ vee-et-kong, -kawng, vyet-, vee-it- ]
/ viˌɛtˈkɒŋ, -ˈkɔŋ, ˌvyɛt-, ˌvi ɪt- /
(during the Vietnam War)
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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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British Dictionary definitions for Vietcong


Viet Cong

/ (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
from Vietnamese Viet Nam Cong San Vietnamese Communist
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Cultural definitions for Vietcong

Viet Cong
[ (vee-et kong, kawng) ]

South Vietnamese communist revolutionaries during the Vietnam War.

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