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[vee-et-nah-meez, -mees, -nuh-, vyet-, vee-it-] /viˌɛt nɑˈmiz, -ˈmis, -nə-, ˌvyɛt-, ˌvi ɪt-/
noun, plural Vietnamese.
1.
a native or inhabitant of Vietnam.
2.
Formerly Annamese, Annamite. the language of Vietnam, of uncertain linguistic affiliation.
adjective
3.
of or pertaining to Vietnam or its inhabitants.
Origin
1945-1950
1945-50; Vietnam + -ese
Related forms
pro-Vietnamese, adjective, noun, plural pro-Vietnamese.

Annamese

[an-uh-meez, -mees] /ˌæn əˈmiz, -ˈmis/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Annam, its people, or their language.
noun, plural Annamese. Also, Annamite
[an-uh-mahyt] /ˈæn əˌmaɪt/ (Show IPA)
2.
a native of Annam.
3.
former name of the language Vietnamese.
Origin
1820-30; Annam + -ese
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British Dictionary definitions for annamite

Annamese

/ˌænəˈmiːz/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Annam
adjective, noun
2.
a former word for Vietnamese
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Word Origin and History for annamite

Vietnamese

1947, from Vietnam + -ese.

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