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Cantonese

Syllabification: Can·ton·ese
Pronunciation: /ˌkantəˈnēz
 
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Definition of Cantonese in English:

adjective

Of or relating to Canton (Guangzhou), its inhabitants, their dialect, or their cuisine.
Example sentences
  • The Cantonese dialect created the unique culture exemplified by Stephen Chow, and this is our pride.
  • One of the manifestations of local identity is language and Hong Kong cinema, since the beginning of sound, was closely identified as a Cantonese dialect cinema.
  • If they were from Sichuan, there was no question that they ate Sichuanese and not Cantonese food.

noun (plural same)

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1A native or inhabitant of Canton.
Example sentences
  • We restricted the study to individuals belonging to the two major dialect groups of Chinese in Singapore: the Hokkiens and the Cantonese.
  • The striking thing about Guangzhou is that it is no longer the home of the Cantonese.
  • Yet, picky Cantonese discovered years ago that X.O. Excellence brandy perfectly complements their favourite shark's fin soup.
2A form of Chinese spoken mainly in southeastern China (including Hong Kong). Also called Yue.
Example sentences
  • Our local tour guide speaks Chinese (both Cantonese and putonghua), and he says that he has sufficient demand to keep busy every day of the week.
  • Some West Coast and Hawaiian galleries take additional steps to ensure success with this market by hiring multilingual consultants who speak Japanese, Cantonese or Mandarin Chinese.
  • Fluent in Mandarin, she was able to operate among the Hong Kong residents, who mainly speak Cantonese.

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