Definition of Siamese in English:

Siamese

Syllabification: Si·a·mese
Pronunciation: /ˌsīəˈmēz
 
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noun (plural same)

  • 1 dated A native of Siam (now Thailand).
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    • By the end of the Angkor era, the kingdom of Kambuja-Desa came under increased pressure from the Siamese on the west and the Vietnamese on the east.
    • In the late 18th century, the Siamese established hegemony over much of what is now Laos.
    • Like the Siamese, the Burmese are said to have been temple cats for whom student monks served as valets.
  • 2 old-fashioned term for Thai (the language).
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    • The ladies did not speak English and Anna certainly did not speak Siamese as can be seen by some of her linguistic gaffes in her original books on the subject.
  • 3 (also Siamese cat) A cat of a lightly built short-haired breed characterized by slanting blue eyes and typically pale fur with darker points.
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    • In fact, Javanese cats, like the Siamese and other Siamese-related breeds often have a preoccupation with food.
    • The first step in that direction was to breed a Siamese to an Abyssinian, obviously, and Daly just happened to have some around.
    • In all probability the soulmates that joined forces to create the Birman were Siamese cats and longhair, bicolored Angoras.

adjective

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  • Of or concerning Siam, its people, or language.
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    • Being of some Siamese descent, her great-great-great-great-great grandfather, lived in the royal household of Ghengis Khan.
    • During the 15th century, nearly all of Angkor was abandoned after Siamese attacks.
    • Although there are French and Portuguese writings still extant, there is a paucity of Siamese documentation, principally as a result of the sacking of Ayutthaya by the Burmese in 1767.

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