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viˌɛtˈnɑm, -ˈnæm, ˌvi ɪt-Viet·nam

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Vietnam, Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Viet Nam, Annamnoun

    a communist state in Indochina on the South China Sea; achieved independence from France in 1945

  2. Vietnam War, Vietnamnoun

    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


  1. Vietnamnoun

    A long war, unwinnable by a dominating foreign occupier.

  2. Vietnamnoun

    A country in Southeast Asia, on the east coast of the Indochina Peninsula, officially named Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

  3. Vietnamnoun

    The Vietnam War.

  4. Etymology: The name Vietnam or Việt Nam () 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.


  1. Vietnam

    Vietnam officially the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is the easternmost country on the Indochina Peninsula in Southeast Asia. With an estimated 90.3 million inhabitants as of 2012, it is the world's 13th-most-populous country, and the eighth-most-populous Asian country. The name Vietnam translates as "South Viet", and was officially adopted in 1945. The country is bordered by China to the north, Laos to the northwest, Cambodia to the southwest, and the South China Sea to the east. Its capital city has been Hanoi since the reunification of North and South Vietnam in 1976. The Vietnamese became independent from Imperial China in 938 AD, following the Battle of Bạch Đằng River. Successive Vietnamese royal dynasties flourished as the nation expanded geographically and politically into Southeast Asia, until the Indochina Peninsula was colonized by the French in the mid-19th century. The First Indochina War eventually led to the expulsion of the French in 1954, leaving Vietnam divided politically into two states, North and South Vietnam. Conflict between the two sides intensified, with heavy foreign intervention, during the Vietnam War, which ended with a North Vietnamese victory in 1975.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'Vietnam' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #4779

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Vietnam in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Vietnam in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Vietnam in a Sentence

  1. Jonny Kim:

    August 2nd, 2006 is just a taste of what war is. We lost two people that day. There are companies, battalions that have lost half, most of their unit. You look at the numbers from WW2 or Vietnam, it's astounding.

  2. Christopher Balding:

    If a company like Foxconn moved even symbolic production to a country like Vietnam, that would be an earthquake for China, i do take this as more proof of the move out of China.

  3. John Olson:

    I didn't set out to help them, i felt this was an enormous opportunity to associate 70-year-old men with their 50-year-old photographs that shows them at 18 and hear how this time in Vietnam has affected their lives. I do believe many of these men, the time they spent together, the time talking about their experience –- it's closure.

  4. Mike Coffman:

    What I saw then was an army that was broken from Vietnam, full of low morale and discipline problems.

  5. Jane Fonda:

    I would like to say something, not just to the Seneca Falls Vietnam veterans in New England, but... to men who were in Seneca Falls Vietnam, who... I hurt, or whose pain I caused to be deepened, because of the things that I said or did, i... feel I owe them an apology.

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