Cantonese

Cantonese

[kan-tn-eez, -ees]
noun, plural Cantonese.
1.
a Chinese language spoken in Canton, the surrounding area of southern China, and Hong Kong.
2.
a native or inhabitant of Canton, China.
adjective
3.
pertaining to Canton, China, its inhabitants, or their language.

Origin:
1855–60; Canton + -ese

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Cantonese (ˌkæntəˈniːz)
 
n , -ese
1.  the Chinese language spoken in the city of Canton, Guangdong and Guanxi provinces, Hong Kong, and elsewhere outside China
2.  a native or inhabitant of the city of Canton or Guangdong province
 
adj
3.  of or relating to the city of Canton, Guangdong province, or the Chinese language spoken there

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Cantonese
1857, from Canton, former transliteration of name of Chinese region now known in Eng. as Guangzhou.
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