Definition of Cantonese

1. Noun. The dialect of Chinese spoken in Canton and neighboring provinces and in Hong Kong and elsewhere outside China.

Exact synonyms: Cantonese Dialect, Yue, Yue Dialect
Generic synonyms: Chinese

Definition of Cantonese

1. Adjective. Relating to Canton. ¹

2. Adjective. Relating to Cantonese people. ¹

3. Adjective. Relating to Cantonese language. ¹

4. Noun. (countable) An inhabitant of Canton; a person of Canton descent. ¹

5. Proper noun. (uncountable) A Chinese language mainly spoken in the south-eastern part of Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, by the Chinese minorities in Southeast Asia and by many overseas Chinese worldwide. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cantonese

Canterbury gallop
Cantharellus cibarius
Cantharellus cinnabarinus
Cantharellus clavatus
Cantharellus floccosus
Canticle of Canticles
Canticle of Simeon
Canton's phosphorus
Canton River
Canton crepe
Canton flannel
Canton ginger
Cantonese (current term)
Cantonese dialect
Cantor tube
Cantor–Bendixson theorem
Canute the Great
Canyonlands National Park
Cao Dai

Literary usage of Cantonese

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Across Chrysê by Archibald Ross Colquhoun (1883)
"Mandarin," the Court language—Nasal tone of the Cantonese—Local patois — Cantonese traders in towns — Old cannon — Theatre— Gambling houses — Thieves — A ..."

2. Intimate China: The Chinese as I Have Seen Them by Archibald Little (1899)
"Cantonese Gratitude to Great Britain.—List of Emperor's Attempted Reforms. ... Kang Yii-wei, commonly called the Modern Sage, is a Cantonese. ..."

3. Bulletin of the New York Public Library by New York Public Library (1909)
"Cantonese. Ball (J. Dyer). How to speak Cantonese: fifty conversations in Cantonese colloquial with the Chinese character, free and literal English ..."

4. The Back Blocks of China: A Narrative of Experiences Among the Chinese by Robert Logan Jack (1904)
"... gold—An Hsien—The Cantonese club-house—Execution of robbers—The new broom—Missionaries—Fishing with cormorants—Chu Shan — Shih-Chuen—Bamboo suspension- ..."

5. Through China with a Camera: By John Thomson by John Thomson (1898)
"The native buyers from the foreign ports—usually Cantonese—here enter upon a keen competition, and buy up as much as they can of the leaves. ..."

6. Life in Corea by William Richard Carles (1888)
"... Corean language—Alphabet—Euphonic changes—Affinity to Japanese—Loose spelling—Chinese the official language—Resemblances between Corean and Cantonese. ..."

7. Sir Harry Parkes in China by Stanley Lane-Poole (1901)
"... prompt and effectual manner in which he induced the Chinese Government to suppress the anti-foreign tendencies of the Cantonese in the autumn of 1884, ..."

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