Tonkin

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geographical name Ton·kin \ˈtäŋ-kən; ˈtän-ˈkin, ˈtäŋ-\
variants: or

Tongking

\ˈtäŋ-ˈkiŋ\play

Definition of Tonkin

  1. region of northern Indochina bordering on China; chief city Hanoi Since 1946 Tonkin has been the northern part of Vietnam.

Tonkinese

play \ˌtäŋ-kə-ˈnēz, ˌtän-, -ˈnēs\ or

Tongkingese

play \ˌtäŋ-kiŋ-ˈēz, -ˈēs\ adj or noun

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