Definition of Burmese in English:


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Pronunciation: /bəːˈmiːz

noun (plural same)

  • 1A member of the largest ethnic group of Burma (Myanmar) in SE Asia.
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    • Ethnic Burmese form the majority at 67.4%, and the remainder includes the Shans, Rakhines, Mons, Chins, Kachins and the Kayahs.
    • The name of the country of Burma (or Myanmar, as it is now officially known) is associated with the dominant ethnic group, the Burmese.
    • They established kingdoms and expanded their territory, often in conflict with other ethnic groups such as the Burmese (Burman).
  • 2A native or inhabitant of Burma.
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    • I tried to tell her that she upheld the only force, apart from fear and greed, strong enough to bind the diverse Burmese into one nation.
    • This Burmese gets his supplies from a member of the Karen hill tribes.
    • There are more than 125 separate ethnic groups represented by the Burmese.
  • 3 [mass noun] The official language of Burma, which is the first language of about 22 million people (75 per cent of the population). It is a tonal Sino-Tibetan language written in an alphabet derived from that of ancient Pali.
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    • The Pali alphabet used for written Burmese is made up of eight vowels, three diphthongs, 32 consonants, and several tones.
    • They constitute three linguistic families, Tibeto-Burman, Mon-Khmer, and Tai, although today Burmese is written and spoken by most.
    • In Singapore, a police spokesman said Thursday the letter, which was written in Burmese, contained a low-grade bomb detonator.
  • 4 (also Burmese cat) A cat of a short-coated breed originating in Asia.
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    • Thus, Exotic shorthairs, a Burmese or two, and even the occasional Persians can be found among the topmost branches in the family trees of many Scottish folds.
    • She settled on Burmese and Abyssinians but has bred everything from Somalis to Tonkanese.
    • My first flat was a household that varied between four and five people; trying to keep our waste down to one bag a week was a challenge, despite the compost heap we built and two Burmese cats who would eat pretty much everything we offered.


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  • Relating to Burma, its people, or their language.
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    • After a lovely dinner last week with my parents at a great little Burmese restaurant.
    • Patton has also been studying the Burmese language with a community of monks around Harvard and is a member of the Buddhist Community there.
    • The logbook also contains a detailed account of an 1853 encounter in the Irrawaady River area of Burma with Burmese insurgents fighting British power.

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