Siamese


Siamese

Siamese [sahy-uh-meez, -mees] ExamplesWord Origin adjective

  1. of or relating to Siam, its people, or their language.
  2. Thai(def 3).
  3. twin; closely connected; similar.
  4. Informal. dual; combined; twofold or two-way: a Siamese sprinkler.

noun, plural Si·a·mese.

  1. a native of Siam.
  2. Thai(def 2).
  3. Siamese cat.
  4. (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.

Origin of Siamese First recorded in 1685–95; Siam + -ese Examples from the Web for siamese Contemporary Examples of siamese

  • And now the latest character in the saga is Choupette, a 9-month-old Siamese kitten upon whom he fastidiously dotes.

    7 Facts to Know About Karl Lagerfeld’s Siamese Cat, Choupette

    Isabel Wilkinson

    June 7, 2012

  • Historical Examples of siamese

  • The other made a living as a Siamese twin, and his brother was named Eng.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • To play Siamese twin to a pustulous convict were a trifle beside this.

    Despair’s Last Journey

    David Christie Murray

  • Achang was called, and was asked to inquire of the Siamese if the crocodiles were dangerous.

    Four Young Explorers

    Oliver Optic

  • It was a costly transaction for the Siamese, but they assented.

    Where the Strange Trails Go Down

    E. Alexander Powell

  • One cannot but smile at the whimsical ordeals of the Siamese.

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)

    Isaac D’Israeli

  • British Dictionary definitions for siamese Siamese noun plural -mese

    1. See Siamese cat

    adjective

    1. characteristic of, relating to, or being a Siamese twin

    adjective, noun

    1. 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.

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