Definition of Thai in English:

Thai

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Pronunciation: /tʌɪ
 
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adjective

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.

Origin

Thai, literally 'free'.

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