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cheongsam

Syllabification: cheong·sam
Pronunciation: /ˌCHôNGˈsam
 
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Definition of cheongsam in English:

noun

A straight, close-fitting silk dress with a high neck, short sleeves, and a slit skirt, worn traditionally by Chinese and Indonesian women.
Example sentences
  • The opening drew a tux-and-gown crowd, including an array of cheongsams (traditional Chinese dresses) from San Francisco's sizable Chinese community.
  • Photos from the time show a conservative 18-year-old, dressed in sober cheongsams, her hair sensibly bobbed.
  • The most welcoming waitresses, of which there appears to be at least one per table, are smartly dressed in traditional cheongsams.

Origin

Chinese (Cantonese dialect).

Words that rhyme with cheongsam

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