Pronunciation: (mē-ou'),[key] —n., —pl.Mi•aos,(esp. collectively)Mi•aofor 1. 1. Also,Meo.a member of a diverse group of seminomadic farming people of the mountains of southeastern China and adjacent areas of Laos, North Vietnam, and Thailand.
2. a Miao-Yao language spoken in parts of southern China and Southeast Asia. Also called Hmong.