the traditional costume of Vietnamese women, consisting of a long, high-necked, closefitting tunic split along the sides from waist to hem: it is worn over loosefitting trousers
Origin of ao daiVietnamese ; from áo, jacket + dái, to be long
nounpl. ao dais
A long-sleeved, usually full-length garment with sides slit up to the hips, traditionally worn by Vietnamese women over loose trousers.
Origin of ao daiVietnamese áo dài : áo, tunic (from Middle Chinese &qnodot;aw´, padded coat; also the source of Mandarin &acaron;o) + dài, long.
(plural ao dais)
- A two panelled dress, worn by Vietnamese women as a national costume.
From the Vietnamese word áo dài. Áo is from a Middle Chinese word meaning "padded coat" (襖). Dài is Vietnamese for "long."