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Vietnamese

[vee-et-nah-meez, -mees, -nuh-, vyet-, vee-it-]
noun, plural Vi·et·nam·ese.
  1. a native or inhabitant of Vietnam.
  2. Formerly Annamese, Annamite. the language of Vietnam, of uncertain linguistic affiliation.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Vietnam or its inhabitants.
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Origin of Vietnamese

First recorded in 1945–50; Vietnam + -ese
Related formspro-Vi·et·nam·ese, adjective, noun, plural pro·-Vi·et·nam·ese.
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Vietnamese

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or characteristic of Vietnam, its people, or their language
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noun
  1. plural -ese a native or inhabitant of Vietnam
  2. the language of Vietnam, probably related to the Mon-Khmer languages
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Word Origin and History for vietnamese

Vietnamese

1947, from Vietnam + -ese.

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