from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Formerly Si·am (sī-ămˈ)Thailand A country of southeast Asia on the Gulf of Thailand (formerly the Gulf of Siam), an arm of the South China Sea. Various Thai kingdoms were founded from the 13th century on, frequently coming into conflict with neighboring Burmese and Cambodian powers. Siam remained an absolute monarchy until 1932, when the king was compelled to accept a constitution, and the country was renamed Thailand in 1939. Thailand was occupied by the Japanese in World War II, and most of its numerous postwar governments were controlled by the military. Bangkok is the capital and the largest city. Population: 65,100,000.
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- proper n. Country in Southeast Asia. Official name: Kingdom of Thailand. Its capital is Bangkok. Former name: Siam.
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- n. a country of southeastern Asia that extends southward along the Isthmus of Kra to the Malay Peninsula
Thai ไทย ("Thailand"), from ไท ("Tai, or 'free' via folk etymology") (Wiktionary)