mon·​ta·​gnard ˌmōⁿ-ˌtän-ˈyär(d) How to pronounce montagnard (audio)
often capitalized
: a member of any of various peoples inhabiting the highlands of central and southern Vietnam
montagnard adjective often capitalized

Word History


borrowed from French, "inhabitant of the mountains," going back to Middle French, from montaigne mountain + -ard -ard

First Known Use

1961, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of montagnard was in 1961

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“Montagnard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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