Definition of Montagnard in US English:



  • A member of any various hill-dwelling people of Southeast Asia, especially those inhabiting the highlands of Vietnam.

    • ‘Most were Montagnards who fled by land to Cambodia.’
    • ‘The Montagnards have been fleeing to Cambodia since February when widespread rural demonstrations over land rights spurred a government crackdown in their homeland.’
    • ‘The Montagnards rejected it, however, and denounced its author.’
    • ‘In the weeks and months following the unrest, at least 1,500 Montagnards crossed the border to Cambodia, the majority of which were eventually allowed to resettle in the U.S.’
    • ‘Hundreds of Montagnards fled across the border into Cambodia around March, claiming they were facing government persecution on account of their Christian faith and that their ancestral lands were being threatened.’


  • Relating to the Montagnards or their language.

    • ‘He becomes a brother to the special forces and their Montagnard soldiers, smashing Vietcong units to bits with airpower.’
    • ‘An elderly Montagnard woman sits at the door of a "house church" in Kret Krot village.’
    • ‘If you're interested in Vietnam's geographic and ethnic diversity, go to Sapa, home of the Montagnard minority peoples living on the mountainous border with Laos.’
    • ‘He gives some kind of elaborate order in French to one of his Montagnard lieutenants.’
    • ‘Gardeners from all around the state come for tours and education on the cultivation and use of food plants that are basic to Montagnard cooking.’


French, from montagne ‘mountain’.