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Cantonese

[kan-tn-eez, -ees] /ˌkæn tnˈiz, -ˈis/
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
1855-1860
1855-60; Canton + -ese
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British Dictionary definitions for Cantonese

Cantonese

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

1816, from Canton, former transliteration of the name of the Chinese region now known in English as Guangzhou. The older name is from the former British-run, Hong Kong-based Chinese postal system. As an adjective from 1840.

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