cheong·​sam | \ ˈchȯŋ-ˌsäm How to pronounce cheongsam (audio) \

Definition of cheongsam

: a dress of southern Chinese origin with a slit skirt and a mandarin collar

Examples of cheongsam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Traditional outfits are called cheongsam (also known as qipao) are worn in red. Anna Kim, Travel + Leisure, 28 Jan. 2022 Once a loose-fitting everyday staple, the qipao (also known as a cheongsam) was popularized in Shanghai in the 1920s and became increasingly fitted as women gained more agency over their lives and bodies. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, 25 July 2021 Mom was sitting in a chair, her side to the camera, wearing a tight green silk cheongsam. Longreads, 9 Jan. 2016 Many of the old wedding dresses, known as cheongsam, that people donated would annually be showcased in the windows of Macy's during the lunar new year. Monica Haider, CNN, 25 Jan. 2020 Dad described it: Mom was sitting in a chair, her side to the camera, wearing a tight green silk cheongsam. Longreads, 31 Dec. 2014 The updated outfits combine classical Eastern style—namely the cheongsam, a traditional Chinese dress—with Western aesthetics, a nod to both traditional service and a global future. Condé Nast Traveler, 15 Oct. 2018 Then, just a few months ago, a white student wore a qipao — a traditional Chinese dress for women (also known as a cheongsam) — to her prom. Mekita Rivas, Teen Vogue, 20 July 2018 The cheongsam is an evolution of the qipao, a Chinese dress dating back to the Han Dynasty, writes Vogue. Sean Rossman, USA TODAY, 1 May 2018 See More

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First Known Use of cheongsam

1952, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cheongsam

Chinese (Guangdong) chèuhng-sāam, literally, long gown

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“Cheongsam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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