[ 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.


of or relating to Vietnam or its inhabitants.

Origin of Vietnamese

First recorded in 1945–50; Vietnam + -ese
Related formspro-Vi·et·nam·ese, adjective, noun, plural pro·-Vi·et·nam·ese. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for vietnamese


/ (ˌvjɛtnəˈmiːz) /


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


plural -ese a native or inhabitant of Vietnam
the language of Vietnam, probably related to the Mon-Khmer languages
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Word Origin and History for vietnamese


1947, from Vietnam + -ese.

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