8/30/2007

Fashion Word if the Day-Cheongsam


Cheongsam (chawng-sahm)

–Noun

1. A form-fitting, knee-length dress with a mandarin collar and slit skirt, worn chiefly by Oriental women.

2. A long dress with a high collar and slit skirt, traditionally worn by Chinese women.

[Chinese (Cantonese) ch'eūng shaam, long gown, equivalent to Chinese (Mandarin) cháng, long + Chinese (Mandarin) shān, gown.]

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