- a port in SE China, in Fujian province on Amoy Island, at the mouth of the Jiulong River opposite Taiwan: one of the first treaty ports opened to European trade (1842). Pop: 746 000 (2005 est)Modern Chinese name: Xiamen
- the dialect of Chinese spoken in Amoy, Taiwan, and elsewhere: a Min dialect
old name for the island of southeastern China, now known as Xiamen. From 1851 as the name of a dialect of Chinese.