noun (plural same)
1A member of the largest ethnic group of Burma (Myanmar) in SE Asia.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Relating to Burma, its people, or their language.
- 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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