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Non-Sino-Vietnamese reading of Chinese (classifier; single, alone, SV: chích). Possibly doublet of chách.



chiếc ()

  1. (formal or literary) Indicates generic inanimate tangible things
    Synonym: cái
    Chiếc lược ngàThe Ivory Comb
  2. (colloquial) Indicates popular vehicles, such as bicycles, motorcycles, cars, etc.
    Synonym: con
    Nó có hai chiếc xe máy.
    He's got two motorcycles.

Usage notes[edit]

  • As a classifier, chiếc is usually considered as a formal, or even literary, counterpart to cái. It is mostly used colloquially when indicating some types of vehicles such as bicycles, motorcycles, cars, etc.
  • Also note that only cái can be used to indicate zoological body parts, except for teeth.

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