American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A region and former kingdom of central Vietnam on the South China Sea between Tonkin and Cochin China. It was ruled by China from 111 B.C. until A.D. 939 and came under French control in the 19th century.
- n. a communist state in Indochina on the South China Sea; achieved independence from France in 1945
“For example, one may ask to what degree Nanzhao's clash with Tang China in Annam contributed to the independence of Da Viet in the tenth century.”
“While Nanzhao was being defeated in Annam, it still occasionally attacked Sichuan.”
“This is the world that three men will leave behind as they embark on a mission of faith and passion in Annam, an exotic land in the Far East.”
“Long associated by Westerners with the whole of Vietnam, the name Annam became associated henceforth with central Vietnam; and Tonkin (or Tongking) became associated with the north (taken over by the French, 1884).”
“But before the sixteenth century the name Annam meant rather Tonkin and the northern portion of modern Annam, the southern portion being the now vanished kingdom of Champa.”
“The modern territory called Annam includes the ancient Champa, and it falls within the French political sphere which includes Camboja.”
“It was still 'Annam' (the old Chinese term), buried within the French creation, 'Indo-China.”
“The five-day 'Annam' Food and Agro-biodiversity festival, organised by the Centre for Innovation in Science and Social”
“In Indochina—actually encompassing Annam in the east, Tonkin in the south, and Cambodia and Laos in the north—French rule was threatened.”
“A Sanskrit saying from the Taittreya Upanishad -- "Annam Brahmeti Vyajanat" -- summarizes several scriptures on the topic.”
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