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[kam] /kæm/
noun, Archaic.
khan1 . Unabridged
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  • Come along, now, to Phillips' bar and we'll split a bottle of cham.

    The Sign of the Spider Bertram Mitford
  • The supreme ruler of the Tartars was a chieftain called a cham.

    Peter the Great

    Jacob Abbott
  • I can guess, then, what like she is—prim and demure, like a caricature by cham.

    Madame Midas Fergus Hume
  • But the emperor of Cathay was called not cham, but chan; and I shall tell you how.

  • The pharmacopœia of the cham is certainly an offshoot of that of the Chinese.

  • This constitutes, both among the cham and the Cambodians, a mark of infamy.

  • He sent carriers into Yemen, into cham, and into Irak, to see if they could not find a few.

    The Insect World Louis Figuier
  • And for this cham, this emperor clepeth him cham, and sovereign of all the world.

  • “That cham, Jack,” cried Sir Hilton, catching his friend by the arm.

    Sir Hilton's Sin George Manville Fenn
British Dictionary definitions for cham


an archaic word for khan1 (sense 1)
Word Origin
C16: from French, from Persian khān; see khan1


(pl) Cham, Chams. a member of a people of Indonesian stock living in Cambodia and central Vietnam
the language of this people, belonging to the Malayo-Polynesian family
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Word Origin and History for cham

old alternative form of khan, 1550s, from French cham, Medieval Latin cham, alternative forms of chan, can.

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