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

  • Formerly Sai·gon (sī-gŏnˈ)Ho Chi Minh City The largest city of Vietnam, in the southern part of the country near the South China Sea. An ancient Khmer settlement, it was known as Saigon throughout most of its history, serving as the administrative center of French Indochina and, after 1954, as the capital of South Vietnam. The city was renamed after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Population: 4,860,000.

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  • proper n. The largest city of Vietnam, formerly known as Saigon.

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

  • n. a city in South Vietnam; formerly (as Saigon) it was the capital of French Indochina


From Vietnamese Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh (Wiktionary)


  • If the name Ho Chi Minh City isn't ringing a bell, it was formerly known as Saigon.

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  • One is engulfed by motorbikes seconds away from Ho Chi Minh City airport HCMC is the city's official name, and though busts and portraits of Uncle Ho abound in public buildings, I never heard anyone in Saigon call it Ho Chi Minh City.

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  • As my Vietnam Airlines flight touches down at Tan Son Nhat airport in Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, the detritus of war is still visible — military hangars and mortarproof retaining walls left over from the time when thousands of American C-130s and F-5s thundered into the city.

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  • In fact, local leaders in Saigon, now known as Ho Chi Minh City, began testing the new approach years earlier by tapping an ethnic-Chinese business class that Hanoi viewed as ideologically suspect.

    The Song of the South

  • Miye is formerly from Saigon and when I queried him about Saigon being called Ho Chi Minh City, he laughed and said that only the government ever refers to it with that name.

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  • But when the USS Vandergrift docked here at the Port of Saigon in what's now called Ho Chi Minh City, it was accompanied by Vietnamese naval escorts.

    CNN Transcript Nov 19, 2003

  • CNN's Senior White House Correspondent John King, fresh from an exclusive interview with the President, joining us from what is now called Ho Chi Minh City, with the latest.

    CNN Transcript - Sunday Morning News: President Clinton Visits Saigon - November 20, 2000

  • The two cities are vastly different, with Hanoi being what we call a city that possesses a unique character, its quaintness and those things aren't necessarily found in Ho Chi Minh City, which is a real metropolitan area, much more hustle-bustle than even Hanoi, if that would frighten you a little bit, perhaps.

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  • In the other case, Vietnamese-born French math teacher Pham Minh Hoang will go on trial Aug. 10 in southern Ho Chi Minh City for attempting to overthrow the government, the state-controlled Nguoi Lao Dong newspaper reported.

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  • The current U.S. visit to Vietnam involves about 700 sailors and builds on the first postwar port call in 2003 made to the former Saigon, now called Ho Chi Minh City.

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