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T-ara wearing red cheongsams performing onstage in Hong Kong

EtymologyEdit

From Cantonese 長衫长衫 (coeng4 saam1, “long robe”).

NounEdit

cheongsam (plural cheongsams)

  1. A tight-fitting formal woman's dress, usually brightly coloured, patterned and/or embroidered, with a split at the thigh; a qipao.
  2. (Hong Kong) A plain coloured, tight-fitting dress with a short split at the thigh, worn as a school uniform by schoolgirls.
    • 2010, Anthony Sattin, Hong Kong & Macau, ISBN 1741792258, page 160:
      [C]otton cheongsams are still the uniform at several colleges and secondary schools.
  3. A long formal dress-like garment or robe worn by Asian men, in English usually rendered as changshan.

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