Vietnamese

noun

Viet·​nam·​ese vē-ˌet-nə-ˈmēz How to pronounce Vietnamese (audio)
ˌvyet-,
ˌvē-ət- How to pronounce Vietnamese (audio)
ˌvēt-,
-na-,
-nä-,
-ˈmēs How to pronounce Vietnamese (audio)
plural Vietnamese
1
: a native or inhabitant of Vietnam
2
: the language of the largest group in Vietnam and the official language of the country
Vietnamese adjective

Examples of Vietnamese in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web How to vote by mail Voters who want to cast their ballots by mail should make sure their application, available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese on the county’s election website, has been received by Feb. 23. Eleanor Dearman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The site provides links to the application in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese and Tagalog. California Rents are finally falling — but not in Orange County. Jon Healey, Los Angeles Times, 12 Feb. 2024 Virginia’s Vietnamese Americans get head start celebrating Lunar New Year But in other ways, much has changed since Chinese immigrants established the CYC in Chinatown in 1939. Marisa Iati, Washington Post, 9 Feb. 2024 The book—originally written in Vietnamese—was inspired by the author’s own family and is set in the illustrator’s hometown in Cổ Bản Village. Marsha Takeda-Morrison, Parents, 6 Feb. 2024 For days before the attack on July 6, 1964, expectations grew that the North Vietnamese would attempt to overrun the camp — defended by more than 300 South Vietnamese soldiers and local militiamen, the American unit and an Australian military adviser. Brian Murphy, Washington Post, 26 Jan. 2024 Tet is short for Tet Nguyen Dan, which means festival or feast in Vietnamese, according to San Diego Tet Festival organizers. Carlos Rico, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Jan. 2024 Salvadoran, Thai, Chinese, Vietnamese, Mexican, Bolivian, Korean, Indian, Peruvian, Pakistani, West African, Jamaican, Cuban, Iranian and Ethiopian. Tim Carman, Washington Post, 23 Jan. 2024 Driving down Federal Boulevard, passersby will see Vietnamese, Chinese and Spanish languages. Megan Ulu Lani Boyanton, Hartford Courant, 14 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1947, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Vietnamese was in 1947

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“Vietnamese.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Vietnamese. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

Vietnamese

noun
Viet·​nam·​ese vē-ˌet-nə-ˈmēz How to pronounce Vietnamese (audio) ˌvyet- How to pronounce Vietnamese (audio) ˌvē-ət- How to pronounce Vietnamese (audio)
ˌvēt-,
-na-,
-nä,
-ˈmēs
plural Vietnamese
1
: a person born or living in Vietnam
2
: the official language of Vietnam
Vietnamese adjective
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