Can·​ton·​ese | \ ˌkan-tə-ˈnēz How to pronounce Cantonese (audio) , -ˈnēs \
plural Cantonese

Definition of Cantonese

1 : a native or inhabitant of Guangzhou, China
2 : the dialect of Chinese spoken in Guangzhou and Hong Kong
3 : a style of Chinese cooking that emphasizes fresh ingredients, subtle tastes, and relatively mild sauces

Other Words from Cantonese

Cantonese adjective

First Known Use of Cantonese

1857, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Cantonese

Canton Guangzhou, ultimately from Portuguese Cantão, from Chinese (Guangzhou) Gwóngdūng Guangdong

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The first known use of Cantonese was in 1857

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“Cantonese.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 15 December 2019.

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