Definition of cheongsam in English:

cheongsam

noun

  • A straight, close-fitting silk dress with a high neck and slit skirt, worn by Chinese and Indonesian women.

    • ‘I would take the little satin pajamas or the cheongsam over the conservative suit any day.’
    • ‘To her, a traditional Chinese cheongsam is not representative of regional fashion; it's a relic.’
    • ‘Dressed in a scarlet cheongsam embroidered with dragons, the attractive mother of two told how she worked as an undercover agent for police officers acting under orders from Super Cop.’
    • ‘Among his 200 patients so far for liposuction, he said the majority are women in their 30s and some in their 40s, many of whom are wealthy and want to fit into a cheongsam dress for social occasions.’
    • ‘Well-known film actresses often posed prettily in elegant cheongsams against the backdrop of idealized gardens or home settings.’
    • ‘The most welcoming waitresses, of which there appears to be at least one per table, are smartly dressed in traditional cheongsams.’
    • ‘The opening drew a tux-and-gown crowd, including an array of cheongsams (traditional Chinese dresses) from San Francisco's sizable Chinese community.’
    • ‘The spokesman of the show said: ‘In the last episode, the latest cheongsam fashions will be displayed together with a 10-metre-long scarf.’’
    • ‘On the stage, curvaceous Chinese singers clad in gorgeous cheongsam were giving renditions of sentimental favourites from the 1930s and 40s, transporting us to a long lost era.’
    • ‘My dress arrived from America the other day, and my stars, it's a vintage cheongsam vision of turquoise satin and silver piping.’
    • ‘Photos from the time show a conservative 18-year-old, dressed in sober cheongsams, her hair sensibly bobbed.’
    • ‘It was a deep peacock turquoise velvet cheongsam, with a tiny, hairy-trimmed angora cardigan to go over the top.’
    • ‘I get lovely Chinese cheongsams made to order at Shanghai Tang, which all my children love me in.’
    • ‘Jiang has even collected some cheongsams, including a particularly precious example with metallic thread woven into the cloth.’
    • ‘She pushes the thick wooden door wide open, the base of her straight golden hair sliding this way and that on the shoulders of her red silk cheongsam.’
    • ‘Last Halloween, a woman I know showed up at a party in a ‘Chinese’ costume: slinky cheongsam dress, exaggerated black eyeliner, and a chopstick holding up her long blond tresses.’
    • ‘And the Malaysian actress wowed the crowd with a tiger-striped cheongsam that seemed to define the moment.’
    • ‘Dressed in sexy cheongsam, they are trying to attract young men.’
    • ‘She was wearing a dark green cheongsam, matching with the insignia.’
    • ‘Often one piece of clothing, such as the cheongsam or kimono, supposedly metonymically represents all Asian culture.’

Origin

Chinese ( Cantonese dialect).

Pronunciation

cheongsam

/tʃɪɒŋˈsam//tʃɒŋˈsam/