seaport in S Vietnam: formerly (as Saigon) capital of South Vietnam, 1954-76: pop. 4,549,000
See Ho Chi Minh City in American Heritage Dictionary 4
The largest city of Vietnam, in the southern part of the country near the South China Sea. An ancient Khmer settlement, it was known as Saigon throughout most of its history, serving as the administrative center of French Indochina and, after 1954, as the capital of South Vietnam. The city was renamed after the end of the Vietnam War in 1975. Population: 4,860,000.