Definition of Thai in English:



  • Relating to Thailand, its people, or their language.

    • ‘While some specialise in Ayurvedic treatment and massages, others go for a hybrid combination of Thai massage using Ayurvedic oils and even electric vibrators.’
    • ‘He loved Thai culture and its people and was learning its language.’
    • ‘The temple is intended to be a focal point for the Thai community and local residents, and also for learning the Thai language and Thai culture and supporting people in need in the community.’
    • ‘Regular customers come from across the county to sample the sort of Thai food you get in Thailand rather than some dubious British hybrid.’
    • ‘While not exactly a shopper's paradise or even a place to enlighten you about Thai culture, Koh Samui is nevertheless a bustling place and visitors should not run out of things to do.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Mrs Morris, a former English teacher in Thailand, said people could broaden their Thai vocabulary easily if they were prepared to put in the time.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His first year in Thailand was devoted to the study of the Thai language.’
    • ‘And, being French-run, the resort's food and wine are outstanding; it even boasts two Thai chefs, who make the best tom yum soup this side of Bangkok.’
    • ‘Now Pauline wants to repay the generosity of the Thai people and is intending to return to Thailand on February 12.’
    • ‘The lime chicken burger with Thai coconut sauce, peppers and tomato is fragrantly sublime and the Asian potato and chickpea burger with mango raita and tomato is a vegetarian's delight.’
    • ‘The first part of the concert will display the beauty and uniqueness of Thai music and arts from three distinctive regions of Thailand.’
    • ‘Thailand Exhibition 2002 will provide a forum for Thai companies to interact with a wide spectrum of Indian companies.’
    • ‘As I have been so many times, and have a lot of Thai friends, I have picked up quite a bit of the Thai language.’
    • ‘Miss Goldring, the college's student president, decided she wanted to go to Thailand after developing a love of Thai culture.’
    • ‘The inside of the restaurant is well-lit, without being harsh, and modestly decorated with the images of Thailand common to many Thai restaurants.’
    • ‘I have lived and worked in Thailand and find most Thai people tolerant and nonjudgmental in all areas of life.’
    • ‘Chilli is an essential ingredient in ethnic dishes such as Thai, Indian and Chinese.’
    • ‘Other dishes include sizzling prawns, deep fried shredded beef with carrots, baked king prawns with garlic and butter, special Phad Thai noodles and red Thai chicken curry.’

nounPlural Thais

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Thailand.

    • ‘For 50 years Thais and Filipinos have participated in cultural exchange, especially in the field of education.’
    • ‘The true advantage to foreign visitors in Thailand is that they are extremely welcome and most Thais will bend over backwards to please them.’
    • ‘Out of 27 recent arrests for theft and break and entry, 20 were Thai nationals.’
    • ‘Bangkok was an important port in colonial days, although Thailand itself was never colonised - a fact of which Thais are extremely proud.’
    • ‘As Thais or other Asians become more involved in the global trade and global interaction of all kinds, they are beginning to assert their identities to the world.’
    • ‘Thailand is still a very free country and Thais do value their freedom.’
    • ‘He spoke of a bright future for the youths of the nation and he stressed that young Thais without much formal education can raise their living standards by getting better training.’
    • ‘It's the same wondrous appreciation the 20-member Thai dance troupe evoked.’
    • ‘The Chinese, Indonesians, Central Filipinos and Thais use sea horses in their medicines as cures for illnesses, as aphrodisiacs, decorations and even for food.’
    • ‘Ordinary Thais across the nation have folded and written peace messages on the paper cranes in a campaign devised by Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.’
    • ‘The fact is that thousands of Thais are entering our area from all parts of the nation for business and jobs.’
    • ‘One Thai made the dangerous descent down into the flooded beach village and returned with rice and other nourishment for frightened tourists.’
    • ‘Over the past year or so, a lot of time, effort and money have been put into promoting internal tourism, i.e., Thais touring Thailand.’
    • ‘About 3,000 Thais of Chinese ethnicity from associations around Bangkok turned up to welcome the two ships.’
    • ‘I was sent on assignment to Thailand by Hinduism Today to meet the Indian Hindus of Thailand and to explore the ways in which Thais worship the Hindu Gods and Goddesses.’
    • ‘Naturally I tasted every kind of Thai food - real Thai food cooked by Thais.’
    • ‘Like the Power Pat members, a lot of Thais are growing up in a Japanese-influenced environment.’
    • ‘Every year Thais of Chinese descent celebrate the traditional lunar New Year in grand style and this year was no exception.’
    • ‘He described Pattaya's problems as ‘complex’ due to the influx of Thais from around the nation looking for employment.’
    • ‘Krabi has 76 prefectures, with each containing Thais of Chinese descent.’
    1. 1.1 A member of the largest ethnic group in Thailand.
      • ‘The plain truth is that Chonburi Province is in Thailand, populated by Thais and run by Thais.’
      • ‘The movie implies that at least as many whites as Thais live in Thailand and that the few local markets exist only for the tourists.’
      • ‘It is thought that Brahmanism came to the geographical area, now known as Thailand, many hundreds of years before the Thais themselves migrated to this region.’
      • ‘The Dai, the largest of Xishuangbanna's 13 ethnic groups are the northern cousins of the Thais.’
      • ‘The name ‘Thailand’ is associated with the dominant ethnic group, Thai.’
      • ‘In an attempt to consolidate his support around nationalism, he renamed the country Thailand, after its ethnic majority, the Thais, in 1939.’
      • ‘Finally, the cultural difference between Thais and other national groups constrains generalization of the findings.’
      • ‘Further separatist attacks on security forces and ethnic Thais were carried out over the following days.’
      • ‘The second was the mountainous Shan States in north-eastern Burma, populated by people ethnically related to the Thais.’
    2. 1.2 A person of Thai descent.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
  • 2mass noun The official language of Thailand, spoken by over 20 million people, mainly in central Thailand. It belongs to the Tai language group.

    • ‘In the United States there are more speakers of Navajo than there are speakers of Scandinavian languages, Thai, or Hungarian.’
    • ‘Thus, for children in Thailand, learning Thai involves learning some Pali and becoming partially bilingual.’
    • ‘It is just a quaint example of how literal translations from Thai to English do not work too well.’
    • ‘Surely the girl is entitled to a little bit of privacy and should feel free to speak Thai with her friends?’
    • ‘The brochures are available in a number of languages, including Thai, Punjabi, Spanish, Filipino and Chinese.’
    • ‘I had finally mastered a few basic words in Thai, whose tonal subtleties are so hard to grasp.’
    • ‘Was the script originally written in Thai or translated from English?’
    • ‘Former Churchfield pupils Jamie and Lewis work together in off-shore banking and both speak Thai.’
    • ‘His plans for the future include working up country, and to be able to speak Thai fluently.’
    • ‘The Thai include those who speak Thai or Central Thai as their first language.’
    • ‘She does not speak Thai, but one of the teachers was able to help her.’
    • ‘When we consider that Thai is a tonal language, the effectiveness of such transliteration systems becomes questionable.’
    • ‘After only four weeks here, he has already begun to speak Thai, and looks forward to his weekly classes!’
    • ‘Although the crews speaks Thai, most of the directions on board are written in English.’
    • ‘It is important to read and speak and write Thai, then really get to know the country.’
    • ‘It is easy to believe you are speaking good Thai when in actual fact you are not.’
    • ‘Twenty-five percent reported that they speak a third language, usually Thai.’
    • ‘If you feel that not being able to speak Thai is the main handicap, then go and take lessons every day.’
    • ‘The academic side held no fears for him, but then he found that the exams were in written Thai!’
    • ‘All the mantras are in Sanskrit, but because our native language is Thai, it is difficult to pronounce the Sanskrit words.’


Thai, literally ‘free’.