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

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Recent Examples on the Web 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, "The Most Stylish Flight Attendant Uniforms," 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, "Marvel Executive Jeph Loeb Is Under Fire for Wearing a Karate Uniform to Promote Iron Fist," 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, "Chinese prom dress draws rage, but Utah student said she meant no harm," 1 May 2018 Her exquisite dress was a red cheongsam, also called a qipao — a traditional Chinese dress. John Kass,, "A young woman wore a pretty Chinese dress for prom. She didn't think she needed permission.," 4 May 2018 After photos of 18-year-old Keziah Daum posing in a red cheongsam—also known as a qipao—began to go viral, the Woods Cross High School senior was accused by some of appropriating the Chinese culture. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "Teen Defends Her Chinese Prom Dress After Cultural Appropriation Backlash," 2 May 2018 The cheongsam-fabric gave her sleepwear a sense of luxury that was well-suited for evening, while a snow white coat, matching sunglasses, and a mini bag created a streamlined effect that felt effortlessly polished. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Gigi Hadid Takes Party Pajamas Out on the Town," 2 Feb. 2018 The move was classic Kaia thanks to its cheongsam-style fabric—something she has also been known to wear in minidress form. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Kaia Gerber Makes a Floral Suit Look Fierce," 9 Feb. 2018 Congratulations to the beautiful bride @melissackoh ! Donning our exclusive kimono cheongsam, where components of a unique piece of kimono fabric is delicately hand sewn to create an intricate pattern. Lauren Smith, House Beautiful, "This Bride Wore 5 Amazing Dresses to Her Wedding," 15 Aug. 2017

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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