Definition of Vietnamese in English:


Line breaks: Viet¦nam|ese
Pronunciation: /ˌvɪɛtnəˈmiːz
, ˈvjɛt-/


  • Relating to Vietnam, its people, or their language.
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    • We were representing a Saturday morning Vietnamese language school.
    • She also famously described US ambitions as ‘imperialist’ and advised Richard Nixon to read up on Vietnamese history.
    • I, for one, have no idea whether this is appropriate in Vietnamese culture or not, nor what a bishop can and cannot permit in his own diocese.

noun (plural same)

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  • 1A native or inhabitant of Vietnam, or a person of Vietnamese descent.
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    • From the 1400s on, the Cambodians lost territory to both the Siamese and the Vietnamese.
    • Thais and Vietnamese also came in large numbers and this is really where Asian Fusion cooking was born.
    • They share their classrooms with Arabs, Africans and Vietnamese.
  • 2 [mass noun] The language of Vietnam, spoken by about 60 million people. It probably belongs to the Mon-Khmer group, although much of its vocabulary is derived from Chinese.
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    • He speaks five languages, Vietnamese, French, Greek, Spanish and some other obscure language.
    • This person may have married an Irish person but probably still thinks in and speaks Vietnamese.
    • In addition, Cambodians have borrowed words from Thai, French, Chinese, and Vietnamese.

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