Samsung

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈsæm.sʌŋ/ or, rarely /ˈsæm.sʊŋ/
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Etymology[edit]

From Korean 삼성 ‎(Samseong) (Hanja: 三星) "tristar" or "three stars", combined representing "powerful eternity".

Proper noun[edit]

Samsung ‎(plural Samsungs)

  1. A Korean conglomerate company which makes electronics and ships.
    • 2008, Alexandra Harney, The China Price: The True Cost (ISBN 1594201579), page 13:
      [Some of] them, potentially, are the Sonys and Samsungs of tomorrow. Some companies try to lure customers to their booths with food: a soft ice cream machine maker plies passersby with free cones, a wine fountain maker touts cups of sour red.
    • 2011, Michael Breen, Kim Jong-Il, Revised and Updated (ISBN 1118153804), page 134:
      Now they are required to be profitable and may find that North Korea is not worth the risk. Perhaps North Korea will need to found its own Hyundais and Samsungs and hire South Koreans as executives and consultants.
    • 2013, Richard Rosecrance, The Resurgence of the West (ISBN 0300190646):
      But without its own respected brands, its Toyotas and Samsungs, China will always languish at the lower end of the value chain.
    • 2015, Panos Mourdoukoutas, Business Strategy in a Semiglobal Economy (ISBN 1317475496), page 29:
      The Sonys, Sanyos, and Samsungs of the world — not to mention Chinese upstarts — all have access to the same huge pool of chips, liquid crystal displays, audio pickups, power supplies, and packaging.

Translations[edit]

Noun[edit]

Samsung ‎(plural Samsungs)

  1. A phone manufactured by the Korean conglomerate company Samsung.
    • 2014, Min Ding, ‎Jie Xu, The Chinese Way (ISBN 131781830X), page 337:
      They are wearing pajamas and shouldering pillows, with iPhones in their left hands and Samsungs in their right hands.
    • 2007, Susan Reinhardt, Don't Sleep with A Bubba: Unless Your Eggs Are in Wheelchairs (ISBN 0758224745):
      Everywhere Nokias and Samsungs are stapled to eager ears, clipped onto trousers or slipped into purses.