Definition of Tai in English:

Tai

adjective

  • Relating to or denoting a family of tonal Southeast Asian languages, including Thai and Lao, of uncertain affinity to other language groups, but sometimes linked with the Sino-Tibetan family.

    • ‘This essay focuses on three groups of townspeople who speak languages that belong to the Tai language family.’
    • ‘Lao belongs to the Tai family of languages and is related to Thai, but Lao has its own alphabet and numbers.’
    • ‘It is widely used by speakers of other Tai languages and is a second language for most other people.’

Pronunciation:

Tai

/tī/

Definition of tai in English:

tai

noun

  • A deep red-brown Pacific sea bream, eaten as a delicacy in Japan.

    • ‘The dorsal lobe of the sturgeon tai does not lead during the tail beat, and the tail is extremely flexible.’
    • ‘The sea bream, or tai in Japanese, carries auspicious connotations because of the phonetic association of its name with the Japanese word for congratulations (medetai).’
    • ‘The sea bream, or tai, is a favored dish for celebratory occasions in Japan and a commonly invoked emblem of good fortune.’

Origin

Early 17th century: from Japanese.

Pronunciation:

tai

/tī/