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[bang-kok, bang-kok] /ˈbæŋ kɒk, bæŋˈkɒk/
a seaport in and the capital of Thailand, in the S central part, on the Chao Phraya.
(lowercase) a kind of Siamese straw.
(lowercase) a hat woven of strands of this straw.


[tahy-land, -luh nd] /ˈtaɪˌlænd, -lənd/
Formerly Siam. a kingdom in SE Asia: official name of Siam 1939–45 and since 1949. 198,242 sq. mi. (513,445 sq. km).
Capital: Bangkok.
Gulf of. Also called Gulf of Siam. an arm of the South China Sea, S of Thailand. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for Bangkok
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  • A line from Bangkok to Bianghsen, in Siam, is being projected at the present time.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • The steamer Melita was leaving for Bangkok that evening about seven.

    The Shadow-Line Joseph Conrad
  • He said you set a lot of scandal going about him once, somewhere—in Bangkok, I think.

    Victory Joseph Conrad
  • He, however, has been unable to effect this reform in Bangkok.

    Travels in the Far East

    Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
  • Jinrikishas are used in Bangkok, but with foreigners carriages are preferred.

    Travels in the Far East

    Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
British Dictionary definitions for Bangkok


/ˈbæŋkɒk; bæŋˈkɒk/
the capital and chief port of Thailand, on the Chao Phraya River: became a royal city and the capital in 1782. Pop: 6 604 000 (2005 est) Thai name Krung Thep (ˈkrʊŋ ˈteɪp)


a kingdom in SE Asia, on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand: united as a kingdom in 1350 and became a major SE Asian power; consists chiefly of a central plain around the Chao Phraya river system, mountains rising over 2400 m (8000 ft) in the northwest, and rainforest the length of the S peninsula. Parts of the SW coast suffered badly in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Official language: Thai. Official religion: (Hinayana) Buddhist. Currency: baht. Capital: Bangkok. Pop: 67 448 120 (2013 est). Area: 513 998 sq km (198 455 sq miles) Former name (until 1939 and 1945–49) Siam
Gulf of Thailand, an arm of the South China Sea between the Malay Peninsula and Indochina Former name Gulf of Siam
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Word Origin and History for Bangkok


from Thai, indigenous name of the inhabitants, + land (n.). Cf. Siam.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Bangkok in Culture

Bangkok definition

Capital of Thailand and largest city in the country, located in the heart of Thailand's rice-growing region near the Gulf of Thailand.

Note: With its busy port and spectacular examples of Buddhist (see Buddhism) architecture, Bangkok is one of the leading cities of Southeast Asia.
Thailand [(teye-land)]

Constitutional monarchy in southern Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma to the west and northwest, Laos to the north and east, Cambodia to the southeast, and the Gulf of Siam (an arm of the Pacific Ocean) and Malaysia to the south. Its capital and largest city is Bangkok.

Note: Thailand was formerly called Siam.
Note: Strongly supported the United States during the Vietnam War, Thailand was the site of American air bases until 1976, when relations with the United States deteriorated.
Note: During the early 1990s, its economy became one of the strongest in Asia, but it experienced a sharp downturn in the mid-1990s.
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