Definition of Khmer Rouge in US English:

Khmer Rouge

proper noun

  • A communist guerrilla organization which opposed the Cambodian government in the 1960s and waged a civil war from 1970, taking power in 1975.

Under Pol Pot the Khmer Rouge forced the reconstruction of Cambodian society with mass deportations from the towns to the countryside and mass executions. More than two million died before the regime was overthrown by the Vietnamese in 1979. Khmer Rouge forces have continued a program of guerrilla warfare from bases in Thailand

Origin

From Khmer + French rouge ‘red’.

Pronunciation

Khmer Rouge

/kəˌmɛr ˈruʒ//kəˌmer ˈro͞oZH/