Cantonese

views updated

Can·ton·ese / ˌkantnˈēz; -ˈēs/ • adj. of or relating to Canton (Guangzhou), its inhabitants, their dialect, or their cuisine.• n. (pl. same) 1. a native or inhabitant of Canton.2. a form of Chinese spoken mainly in southeastern China (including Hong Kong). Also called Yue.

Cantonese

views updated

Cantonese One of the major languages of China. Within the Chinese People's Republic it is spoken by c.50 million people, mainly in the extreme southern provinces of Guangdong and Guangxi. It is also the language spoken by most Chinese in Southeast Asia and the USA.