Definitions

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

  • A country of southeast Asia in eastern Indochina on the South China Sea. It comprises the historical regions of Tonkin, Annam, and Cochin China, much of which was under Chinese control from the 3rd century B.C. to the 15th century A.D. Portuguese traders arrived in 1535, and the area came under French influence in the mid-19th century as part of French Indochina. After the fall of the French garrison at Dien Bien Phu in 1954, it was partitioned into North Vietnam and South Vietnam. The Vietnam War (1954-1975) grew out of the attempt by Communist Vietcong guerrillas backed by North Vietnam to overthrow the U.S.-supported regime in the south. The South Vietnamese government collapsed in 1975, and the country was reunited in 1976. Hanoi is the capital and Ho Chi Minh City the largest city. Population: 85,300,000.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A country in Southeast Asia, on the east coast of the Indochina Peninsula, officially named Socialist Republic of Vietnam.
  • proper n. The Vietnam War.
  • n. A long war which a dominating foreign occupier of a place (the site of the war) cannot win.

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

  • n. a communist state in Indochina on the South China Sea; achieved independence from France in 1945
  • n. a communist state in Indochina on the South China Sea; achieved independence from France in 1945
  • n. a prolonged war (1954-1975) between the communist armies of North Vietnam who were supported by the Chinese and the armies of South Vietnam who were supported by the United States

Etymologies

The name Vietnam or Việt Nam (IPA: /vjə̀tnam/) is a variation of "Nam Việt" (南越; pinyin: Nányuè; literally Southern Việt), a name that can be traced back to the Trieu dynasty of the 2nd century BC. The word Việt originated as a shortened form of Bách Việt (百越; pinyin: Bǎiyuè), a word applied to a group of peoples then living in southern China and Vietnam. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Kham/Reuters VIETNAM FLOODS: Residents paddled improvised boats in the flooded compound of a residence in Hanoi, Vietnam, on Wednesday.

    Today's Photos: Nov. 5

  • M1 (VIETNAM) en it sent the M1 with troops to Vietnam, the Army added a reversible woodland-pattern cover.

    Helmets: GI Show

  • M1 (VIETNAM) When it sent the M1 with troops to Vietnam, the Army added a reversible woodland-pattern coverPASGT The PASGT changed the camo and swapped steel for Kevlar.

    Periscope

  • VIETNAM TODAY AND AMERICAN'S RELATIONSHIP TO IT yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'VIETNAM TODAY AND AMERICAN\'S RELATIONSHIP TO IT'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: The author sets out to make a case for thousands of more Americans to get involved in helping Vietnam to become more politically economically hopeful in the coming years.

    VIETNAM TODAY AND AMERICAN'S RELATIONSHIP TO IT

  • VIEW FAVORITES yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'Declassified VIETNAM: Civilian Killings Went Unpunished'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'The files are part of a once-secret archive that shows confirmed atrocities by U.S. forces in Vietnam were more extensive than was previously known.

    OpEdNews - Quicklink: Declassified VIETNAM: Civilian Killings Went Unpunished

  • IRAQ AND VIETNAM yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'IRAQ AND VIETNAM'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: As we rapidly sink deeper into the quagmire of Iraq ~ the specter of our humiliating defeat in Vietnam becomes too hard to ignore ~ yet the President and the Generals continue to lie and evade the true costs of this illegal occupation of a sovereign country under false pretenses.

    IRAQ AND VIETNAM

  • WAR THEN, WAR NOW: ONE VET'S ATTEMPT TO RECONCILE VIETNAM AND IRAQ yahooBuzzArticleHeadline = 'WAR THEN, WAR NOW: ONE VET\'S ATTEMPT TO RECONCILE VIETNAM AND IRAQ'; yahooBuzzArticleSummary = 'Article: A Vietnam veteran is using the letters he sent home to his wife to show readers some of the universal truths of war, truths we are learning anew in Iraq.'

    WAR THEN, WAR NOW: ONE VET'S ATTEMPT TO RECONCILE VIETNAM AND IRAQ

  • PETER ARNETT, VIETNAM WAR CORRESPONDENT: Well, you know, Larry, I think Vietnam had a similar number of dead, as did Bosnia.

    CNN Transcript Jan 30, 2006

  • JAMES BOND, VIETNAM VETERAN: I would hope that our country has learned something from Vietnam and the way the military personnel were treated when they came back that they wouldn't repeat past history.

    CNN Transcript May 31, 2004

  • DAN GLEESON, VIETNAM WAR VETERAN: We got another Vietnam going on right here.

    CNN Transcript Jun 30, 2003

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