Definition of Thai in English:


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Pronunciation: /tʌɪ


  • Relating to Thailand, its people, or their language.
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    • The menu includes a wide range of appetizers, soups, salads, main courses, and desserts along with the accompanying rice and noodles and a variety of Thai curries.
    • Phayathai is one of those restaurants where you can order just about anything without going wrong - although the same could pretty much be said of Thai cuisine in general.
    • While some specialise in Ayurvedic treatment and massages, others go for a hybrid combination of Thai massage using Ayurvedic oils and even electric vibrators.

noun (plural same or Thais)

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  • 1A native or inhabitant of Thailand.
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    • Out of 27 recent arrests for theft and break and entry, 20 were Thai nationals.
    • He described Pattaya's problems as ‘complex’ due to the influx of Thais from around the nation looking for employment.
    • Ordinary Thais across the nation have folded and written peace messages on the paper cranes in a campaign devised by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
  • 1.1A member of the largest ethnic group in Thailand.
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    • In an attempt to consolidate his support around nationalism, he renamed the country Thailand, after its ethnic majority, the Thais, in 1939.
    • Further separatist attacks on security forces and ethnic Thais were carried out over the following days.
    • The Dai, the largest of Xishuangbanna's 13 ethnic groups are the northern cousins of the Thais.
  • 1.2A person of Thai descent.
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    • Overseas Thais are being encouraged to take holidays in Thailand in order to reacquaint themselves with their motherland and native culture.
    • As we have already seen, there is no strong link between learning Thai and being Thai; one can be Thai without speaking the language.
    • Although many traditional beliefs are retained by Thai Americans, Thais often try to adjust their beliefs in order to live in the United States comfortably.
  • 2 [mass noun] The official language of Thailand, spoken by over 20 million people, mainly in central Thailand. It belongs to the Tai language group.
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    • The Thai include those who speak Thai or Central Thai as their first language.
    • It is important to read and speak and write Thai, then really get to know the country.
    • In the United States there are more speakers of Navajo than there are speakers of Scandinavian languages, Thai, or Hungarian.


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