Etymology 1Edit

Sino-Vietnamese word from



  1. to revere, to respect, to honor
    tôn làm thầyto honor as teacher
  2. (by extension) to strengthen and heighten
    tôn nềnto strengthen and heighten the foundation
  3. (by extension) to accentuate
    Màu áo đen càng tôn thêm nước da trắng.The upper garment's black color accentuates the [wearer's] white skin
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Etymology 2Edit

From etymology 1.



  1. (only in compounds) revered, venerable
    • 1889, Đại Nam Liệt Truyện (Arrayed Accounts of Đại Nam), 2006 Vietnamese translation by Đỗ Mộng Khương, rectified by Hoa Bằng
      Cúi xin nhận lấy danh hiệu tôn quý, hưởng nhiều Phước to lâu dài.
      [I] bow down and beg [You] to accept this venerably precious title, [and may Ye] enjoy plenty of great Blessings for evermore.
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Etymology 3Edit

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Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (lineage, ancestry, ancestor, clan, SV: tông).

Possibly arose from the taboo on the personal name "Nguyễn Phúc Miên Tông" (Hán tự: 阮福綿) of Emperor Thiệu Trị.[1]



  1. (only in compounds) Alternative form of tông
    tôn giáoreligion
    tôn chỉmain objective, purpose; mission
    tôn đườngSynonym of tông đường
    tôn tộcSynonym of tông tộc
    Lê Thánh TônAlternative form of Lê Thánh Tông
    Hồ Tôn HiếnAlternative form of Hồ Tông Hiến
    Tôn Thấta surname.
    Tôn Nữa surname.


  1. ^ Thiếu Khanh (2019-07-07), “Những từ “kỵ húy” của người Nam bộ”, in Nhạc Xưa Thời Báo[1]

Etymology 4Edit

Borrowed from French tôle.


(classifier miếng) tôn

  1. sheet metal



From Latin tonus.



tôn f (plural tonau)

  1. tone, sound
    Synonym: sain
  2. tune, melody
    Synonyms: tiwn, alaw

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Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
tôn dôn nhôn thôn
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.


  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “tôn”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies