from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long dress with a high collar and slit skirt, traditionally worn by Chinese women.
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- n. A long formal dress-like garment worn by Asian men, the equivalent of a woman’s qipao. In Hong Kong, the cheongsam is also worn by women.
Chinese (Cantonese) ch'eūng shaam, long gown, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) cháng, long + Chinese (Mandarin) shān, gown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Cantonese 長衫 (cheongsam, "long dress") (Wiktionary)