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 Mom was sitting in a chair, her side to the camera, wearing a tight green silk cheongsam. Longreads, "10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2020," 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, "Fire devastates New York museum of Chinese American life," 25 Jan. 2020 Dad described it: Mom was sitting in a chair, her side to the camera, wearing a tight green silk cheongsam. Longreads, "10 Outstanding Short Stories to Read in 2020," 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, "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

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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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