Definition of Siamese in US English:

Siamese

noun

  • 1dated A native of Siam (now Thailand).

    • ‘By the end of the Angkor era, the kingdom of Kambuja-Desa came under increased pressure from the Siamese on the west and the Vietnamese on the east.’
    • ‘Like the Siamese, the Burmese are said to have been temple cats for whom student monks served as valets.’
    • ‘In the late 18th century, the Siamese established hegemony over much of what is now Laos.’
    • ‘Wars were fought with the ethnic Mons and Arkanese, and with the Siamese.’
    • ‘Caught between the growing power of the Siamese and the Vietnamese, the Lao lost power and territory so that today most Lao people live in Thailand (formerly Siam).’
  • 2

    old-fashioned term for Thai (the language)
    • ‘The ladies did not speak English and Anna certainly did not speak Siamese as can be seen by some of her linguistic gaffes in her original books on the subject.’
  • 3A cat of a lightly built short-haired breed characterized by slanting blue eyes and typically pale fur with darker points.

    • ‘These outcrosses were chosen to produce as many colors and patterns as possible, including the colorpoint pattern of the Siamese.’
    • ‘In all probability the soulmates that joined forces to create the Birman were Siamese cats and longhair, bicolored Angoras.’
    • ‘Every day for one whole week it is clear but cold and the sky is as blue as the eyes of a Siamese cat.’
    • ‘The poems describe the Siamese cat as today's seal point; a white body with dark ears, feet and tail.’
    • ‘‘This guy is, like, the ultimate guru of music, man,’ said the boy as he strummed a few cords and made the sound of stepping on a Siamese cat.’
    • ‘But breeding Siamese cats is not as easy as it would seem and while the rewards from sale of the sometimes temperamental breed are good, they have to be almost perfect for showing.’
    • ‘But no visitor could leave the show without wowing at the Persian and Siamese cats owned by Mohan Vettath.’
    • ‘A Siamese had only a stub of a tail, a short-haired spotted cat walked strangely, with only three legs.’
    • ‘The lady lived alone with her tiny Chihuahua, Claudette, and three statuesque Siamese cats, Araminta, Isabella, and Jasmine.’
    • ‘Sam was holding a beautiful Siamese cat in his arms, which was purring happily, followed by a cautious Tatiana, who was sporting many thin red scratches on her hands.’
    • ‘The first step in that direction was to breed a Siamese to an Abyssinian, obviously, and Daly just happened to have some around.’
    • ‘Running as fast as I could, I followed my prey like a bloodhound to a Siamese cat.’
    • ‘‘Little Gizmo’ is a clone of Gizmo, his mixed breed Siamese who died at age 13 a few years ago.’
    • ‘Asian breeds, like Siamese cats, are also more prone to certain diseases.’
    • ‘Some writers report that Thompson bred Siamese; others simply assert that he had an interest in genetics.’
    • ‘There was no fur-flying as marvellous moggies rubbed fluffy shoulders with pedigree breeds including Devon Rex and Siamese.’
    • ‘Two Siamese cats in the windowseat peered down at Sam critically, apparently hiding from the lights, soft music, and exuberant voices erupting from every other window.’
    • ‘I have been with my kids when the Siamese cats and the German shepherd had to go, and they were taken along to the vet for the injection.’
    • ‘The dachshunds, terriers and poodles of the world have waged a high-tech war against the Siamese, Persian and tabbies.’
    • ‘In fact, Javanese cats, like the Siamese and other Siamese-related breeds often have a preoccupation with food.’

adjective

dated
  • Of or concerning Siam, its people, or language.

    • ‘During the 15th century, nearly all of Angkor was abandoned after Siamese attacks.’
    • ‘Although there are French and Portuguese writings still extant, there is a paucity of Siamese documentation, principally as a result of the sacking of Ayutthaya by the Burmese in 1767.’
    • ‘Being of some Siamese descent, her great-great-great-great-great grandfather, lived in the royal household of Ghengis Khan.’
    • ‘This period is often viewed by modern-day Thais as a golden age of Siamese religion, politics, and culture.’
    • ‘We encounter here something entirely different from the most beautiful cathedrals, mosques, the Indian and Siamese temples or pagodas, and even from the temples of China.’

Pronunciation

Siamese

/ˌsaɪəˈmiz//ˌsīəˈmēz/