- Vietnam is defined as a southeast Asian country on the South China Sea.
An example of Vietnam is the country east of Cambodia.
Origin of VietnamVietnamese Viet, name of people + nam, south
- A long war which a dominating foreign occupier of a place (the site of the war) cannot win.
- another Vietnam
- the Soviet Union's Vietnam (the 1979–89 occupation of Afghanistan)
The name Vietnam or Việt Nam (IPA(key): /vjə̀tnam/) is a variation of "Nam Việt" (南越; pinyin: Nányuè; literally Southern Việt), a name that can be traced back to the Trieu dynasty of the 2nd century BC. The word Việt originated as a shortened form of Bách Việt (百越; pinyin: Bǎiyuè), a word applied to a group of peoples then living in southern China and Vietnam.