Burmese

noun

Bur·​mese ˌbər-ˈmēz How to pronounce Burmese (audio)
-ˈmēs
plural Burmese
1
: a native or inhabitant of Burma (Myanmar)
2
: the Tibeto-Burman language of the Burmese people
3
: any of a U.S.-developed breed of slender short-haired cats having gold eyes and a usually dark brown coat
Burmese adjective

Examples of Burmese in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Top Lots at Christie’s Magnificent Jewels Sale The top three lots in this sale were all gemstones, including a fancy blue diamond, a fancy pink diamond, and a Burmese ruby, totaling nearly $52,000, the bulk of the total $77,703,074 sale. Carol Besler, Robb Report, 15 Dec. 2023 After immigrating to the U.S. eight years ago, Mohamed Anwar co-founded the Burmese Rohingya Community of Wisconsin, a grassroots organization that provides education and health programs to resettled Rohingya refugees. Yessenia Funes, Discover Magazine, 9 Dec. 2023 For that event, Camilla sported the Burmese Ruby tiara for the first time, a headpiece worn by Queen Elizabeth on several occasions during her reign. Stephanie Petit, Peoplemag, 5 Dec. 2023 Alligators are known to eat snakes—like Burmese Pythons in the Everglades. Claire Barber, Field & Stream, 20 July 2023 While Kate dusted off the Queen Mother's Strathmore tiara, which has been in the vaults for nearly a century, Camilla also pulled a tiara first by wearing the Burmese Ruby tiara, worn by the late Queen Elizabeth II on multiple occasions. Monique Jessen, Peoplemag, 23 Nov. 2023 The female Burmese python was 17 feet, 2 inches long and weighed 198 pounds – the second heaviest python captured to date in Florida, Ian Bartoszek, a research manager at the conservancy, confirmed to CBS News. Cara Tabachnick, CBS News, 7 Nov. 2023 The language likely emerged from Proto-Sino-Tibetan, which is also an ancestor to Burmese and the Tibetan languages, around 4,500 years ago, although the exact date is disputed. Lucy Tu, Scientific American, 24 Aug. 2023 And Somalis, Pakistanis, Romanians, Cambodians, the Burmese, and folks from the former Yugoslavia, and, and, and. Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune, 7 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1824, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Burmese was in 1824

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“Burmese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Burmese. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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Burmese

noun
Bur·​mese ˌbər-ˈmēz How to pronounce Burmese (audio)
-ˈmēs
plural Burmese
1
: a person born or living in Burma
2
: the language of the Burmese people
Burmese adjective

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