Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Formerly Bur·ma (bûrˈmə)Myanmar A country of southeast Asia on the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Site of ancient Mon and Burman kingdoms, Burma was a province of British India from 1886 to 1937 and a separate crown colony from 1937 to 1948, when it gained its independence. The civilian government was overthrown by a military coup in 1962 and again in 1988. The country was officially renamed Myanmar in 1989. Yangon (formerly Rangoon) is the capital and the largest city. Population: 47,400,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A country in Southeast Asia. Official name: Republic of the Union of Myanmar. Also known as Burma (which was formerly the official name).
  • proper n. The Sino-Tibetan official language of the country of Myanmar, also known as Burmese.
  • proper n. Burmese language
  • proper n. The script in which the Myanmar language is written. Also known as Burmese.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a mountainous republic in southeastern Asia on the Bay of Bengal

Etymologies

From Burmese မြန်မာ (myanma), the formal Burmese name of the main ethnic group in Myanmar; ဗမာ (băma), from which Burma is derived, is the informal name. Both Burmese terms are also adjectives meaning "Burmese" (related to Myanmar/Burma, its, people, language, etc). When certain words are attached, the combination may mean specifically Myanmar (Burma) (country) or Burmese (person, language, etc.) - a noun. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • INDIAN AMBASSADOR TO MYANMAR: We are dealing with the present regime in Myanmar.

    CNN Transcript Oct 4, 2007

  • YANGON, MYANMAR: The United Nation's special envoy to Myanmar was expected to meet detained opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi during a visit to the country that began Saturday (31 Jan), the latest effort to coax democratic reforms from the ruling junta.

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  • YANGON, MYANMAR: The number of foreign tourists who visited Myanmar in the first nine months of 2008 was almost one-quarter less than for the same period a year earlier, official statistics show.

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  • YANGON, MYANMAR: The prime minister of military-ruled Myanmar will make official visits next week to Southeast Asian neighbors Indonesia and Singapore, just two weeks after the three countries 'leaders met at a regional summit.

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  • YANGON, MYANMAR: Foreign investment in Myanmar _ much of it from China _ nearly doubled in the first nine months of 2008 compared to the same period last year, according to government statistics seen Monday (5 Jan).

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  • YANGON, MYANMAR: Authorities in military-ruled Myanmar sentenced a lawyer who has defended pro-democracy and labor activists to four years in prison, accusing him of having links with

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  • YANGON, MYANMAR: A Myanmar newspaper says the military government has lifted a rice export ban it imposed after Cyclone Nargis devastated the country's main rice-growing areas in the Irrawaddy Delta and south of Yangon in May.

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  • ** TO GO WITH STORY SLUGGED: MYANMAR CHILD SOLDIERS BY GRANT PECK ** Two young ethnic Karen boys look on following ceremonies to honor those killed in fighting with the Myanmar government Aug. 12, 2001, at Kaw Thoo Lei, Myanmar.

    WN.com - Articles related to China re-engages Myanmar ally

  • Income per capita of many villages in Myanmar is just only Ks. 700 (less than US$ 01).

    Global Voices in English » Myanmar: New policy requires HIV groups to register

  • • History: Gained independence from Britain in 1948; ruled ever since by military juntas, which have used the name Myanmar since 1989

    USATODAY.com News

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