Vietnamese

[ vee-et-nah-meez, -mees, -nuh-, vyet-, vee-it- ]
/ viˌɛt nɑˈmiz, -ˈmis, -nə-, ˌvyɛt-, ˌvi ɪt- /

noun, plural Vi·et·nam·ese.

a native or inhabitant of Vietnam.
Formerly Annamese, Annamite. the language of Vietnam, of uncertain linguistic affiliation.

adjective

of or relating to Vietnam or its inhabitants.

Origin of Vietnamese

First recorded in 1945–50; Vietnam + -ese

Related forms

pro-Vi·et·nam·ese, adjective, noun, plural pro·-Vi·et·nam·ese.
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Vietnamese

/ (ˌvjɛtnəˈmiːz) /

adjective

of, relating to, or characteristic of Vietnam, its people, or their language

noun

plural -ese a native or inhabitant of Vietnam
the language of Vietnam, probably related to the Mon-Khmer languages
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