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A formfitting dress with a high collar and usually long, slit skirt, traditionally worn by Chinese women. Also called qipao.

[Cantonese ceong4 saam1, long gown : ceong4, long (from Middle Chinese trɦiaŋ; also the source of Mandarin cháng) : saam1, gown (from Middle Chinese ʂa⋮m; also the source of Mandarin shān).]


(Clothing & Fashion) a straight dress, usually of silk or cotton, with a stand-up collar and a slit in one side of the skirt, worn by Chinese women
[from Chinese (Cantonese), variant of Mandarin ch'ang shan long jacket]



a knee-length dress with a mandarin collar and slit skirt, worn in East Asia.
[1955–60; < Chinese dial. (Guangdong) chèuhngsāam < Chinese chángshān literally, long dress]


A Chinese women’s dress with a slit skirt and a high, stiff collar.
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