Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The variety of Chinese spoken in and around Guangzhou (formerly Canton), China.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Relating to Canton.
  • adj. Relating to Cantonese people.
  • adj. Relating to Cantonese language.
  • n. An inhabitant of Canton; a person of Canton descent.
  • proper n. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to Canton.
  • n. A native of Canton.
  • n. The Chinese dialect of Canton.
  • n. A person who speaks the Cantonese dialect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the dialect of Chinese spoken in Canton and neighboring provinces and in Hong Kong and elsewhere outside China

Etymologies

Canton +‎ -ese (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I told them about how I picked up my first words in Cantonese from the grandmother who lived with the family next door to me whan I lived in my first small Malaysian town twenty years ago.

    Cantonese for Beginners

  • Maybe, just maybe, your strong sentiment against Cantonese is the result of your subconscious racist attitude towards Chinese people?

    Global Voices in English » China: Considering Han chauvinism

  • I teach him the words Love, Moon, and Father in Spanish, Cantonese, French.

    Daycare

  • Maybe "tomorrow" one of those medical geniuses we kept consulting -- and paying -- would crunch all of those voluminous sheets of data they kept asking us to provide and figure out how a kid who spoke English and had words in Spanish, Cantonese and Tagalog at the age of three, now could not utter a word.

    Barbara Fischkin: Hillary Said the Word -- An Autism Mom Finally Feels Acknowledged

  • Chi is the same things as hay in Cantonese – as in wok hay.

    Tigers & Strawberries » The Chinese Cookbook Project

  • There is great emphasis placed upon the aesthetic properties of food in Cantonese cuisine, and there is a lot of attention paid to contrasting colors, textures, tastes and scents of each dish.

    Tigers & Strawberries » Yin and Yang

  • As soon as I came to Malaysia I discovered Cantonese is not spoken as much as yelled, and with twelve excited and enthusiatic ladies crammed around my dining table, the decibels rose and rose.

    Cantonese for Beginners

  • You are of course quite right to note that it is not merely a phonetical transcription, nonetheless, there is no direct connection to Black men, except for the fact that, when read deg kei in Cantonese it transcribes the English word "Darkie".

    languagehat.com: CHINESE SWEARING.

  • When spring finally sprang this year, I came home one Sunday afternoon to find our place aswarm with Aus, the four children bantering in Cantonese with an occasional aside to me in shy English.

    Coming to America

  • According to this BBC story, many Chinese people consider the number eight to be lucky, because in Cantonese, it sounds like the word for "get rich."

    - Boing Boing

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