Definition of Cantonese in English:


Syllabification: Can·ton·ese
Pronunciation: /ˌkantnˈēz, -ˈēs


  • Of or relating to Canton (Guangzhou), its inhabitants, their dialect, or their cuisine.
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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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