1. Of, relating to, characteristic of, or originating in a specified place: Vietnamese.
2. Native or inhabitant of: Taiwanese.
a. Language or dialect of: Chinese.
b. Literary style or diction of: journalese.
[Middle English, from Italian, from Latin -ēnsis, originating in.]
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