from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • The capital and largest city of Laos, in the north-central part of the country on the Mekong River and the Thailand border. It became the capital of the French protectorate of Laos in 1899 and later the capital of independent Laos.

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  • proper noun The capital city of Laos.

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  • noun the capital and largest city of Laos


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From French Vientiane, from Lao ວຽງຈັນ (wiang-can).


  • VIENTIANE: The 25th Southeast Asian Games opened in Vientiane on Wednesday with powerhouse Thailand eyeing another gold rush and officials hoping for an event free from accusations of biased judging.

    Channel NewsAsia Front Page News

  • Highway 13, which feeds the entire northern end of the country, started as four lanes in Vientiane but soon became a narrow road twisting into the mountains -- and then a main street and plaza for every village we passed through.

    Off the Beaten Track

  • Vientiane is growing and modernizing fast, but it is still Lao.

    Vang Vieng and Vientiane « Wanderings

  • Granted, compared to everywhere else in Lao, Vientiane is a crazy big city, but I am instantly relieved of any Asian-Urban-Stress here in Vientiane when I remember Saigon, Hanoi, Dhaka, Hong Kong, Kolkata …

    Vang Vieng and Vientiane « Wanderings

  • It is rumored that there is an ATM in Vientiane as well.

    From chaos to calm « Wanderings

  • On our last day in Vientiane, we hopped a local bus about an hour outside of town and headed for the “Buddha Park”.

    Southern Laos « Wanderings

  • Command Headquarters in Vientiane during the early 1980's.

    POWs and Politics - Part 2

  • Embassy in Vientiane as the two primary SIGINT operators for U.S.


  • Elzinga had not been in Vientiane long enough to get a locker for his billfold.

    Alen, Henry L.

  • The American Embassy in Vientiane heard of the rescue plan and ordered from the highest level that no attempt be made to rescue the women.

    Oppel, Lloyd D.


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