ao dai


plural ao dais
: the traditional dress of Vietnamese women that consists of a long tunic with slits on either side and wide trousers

Word History


Vietnamese áo dái, from áo jacket, tunic (of Chinese origin; akin to Chinese (Pekingese) ao3 jacket) + dái long

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ao dai was in 1961

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“Ao dai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

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