Definition of Mon in English:

Mon

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Pronunciation: /mɔːn
 
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noun (plural same or Mons)

  • 1A member of a people now inhabiting parts of SE Burma (Myanmar) and western Thailand but having their ancient capital at Pegu in the south of Burma.
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    • Myanmar has eight major ethnic groups - Bamas, Kayins, Shans, Rakhines, Mons, Kachins, Chins and Kayahs.
    • Ethnic Burmese form the majority at 67.4%, and the remainder includes the Shans, Rakhines, Mons, Chins, Kachins and the Kayahs.
    • Groups with their own states include the Karens, Chins, Shans, Kayahs, Arakanese, Mons, and Kachins.
  • 2 [mass noun] The language of the Mon, related to Khmer (Cambodian).
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    • Cambodian, or Khmer, is classified by linguists as an Austro-Asiatic language, related to Mon - a language spoken in Burma and western Thailand.
    • The dominant Khmer language belongs to the Austroasiatic language family and is related to Vietnamese, Mon, and a number of other Asian languages.

adjective

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  • Relating to the Mon or their language. See also Mon-Khmer.
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    • Halted in its southward move by the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea, Burmese encountered the Mon language.
    • Today the Mons have no independent political status and the Mon language is dying out.
    • This island is home to a community of Mon people who came here from their homeland in the river Kwai valley north of Kanchanaburi.

Origin

the name in Mon.

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