Siamese [sahy-uh-meez, -mees] ExamplesWord Origin adjective
- of or relating to Siam, its people, or their language.
- Thai(def 3).
- twin; closely connected; similar.
- Informal. dual; combined; twofold or two-way: a Siamese sprinkler.
noun, plural Si·a·mese.
- a native of Siam.
- Thai(def 2).
- Siamese cat.
- (usually lowercase) a standpipe placed outside a building close to ground level, having two or more openings so that fire engines can pump water to the sprinkler system of the building.
And now the latest character in the saga is Choupette, a 9-month-old Siamese kitten upon whom he fastidiously dotes.
June 7, 2012
Historical Examples of siamese
The other made a living as a Siamese twin, and his brother was named Eng.
Charles G. Leland
To play Siamese twin to a pustulous convict were a trifle beside this.
David Christie Murray
Achang was called, and was asked to inquire of the Siamese if the crocodiles were dangerous.
It was a costly transaction for the Siamese, but they assented.
E. Alexander Powell
One cannot but smile at the whimsical ordeals of the Siamese.
British Dictionary definitions for siamese Siamese noun plural -mese
- See Siamese cat
- characteristic of, relating to, or being a Siamese twin
- another word for Thai
Word Origin and History for siamese Siamese adj.
“of or pertaining to Siam,” 1690s; see Siam + -ese. Also from 1690s as a noun meaning “native of Siam.” the original Siamese twins (exhibited from 1829) were Chang and Eng (1814-1874), Thai-Chinese natives of Siam who settled in the U.S. Hence Siamesed (adj.) “joined in the manner of Siamese twins” (1830). Siamese cat is attested from 1871.