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[kmair, kuh-mair] /kmɛər, kəˈmɛər/
a member of a people in Cambodia whose ancestors established an empire about the 5th century a.d. and who reached their zenith during the 9th to the 12th centuries when they dominated most of Indochina.
an Austroasiatic language that is the official language of Cambodia. Unabridged
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  • The beginning of the story as related in both the Sanskrit and Khmer texts is interesting but obscure.

  • Good examples from Khmer (Cambodgian) are tmeu “one who walks” and daneu “walking” (verbal noun), both derived from deu “to walk.”

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British Dictionary definitions for Khmer


/kmɛə; kmɜː/
a member of a people of Cambodia, noted for a civilization that flourished from about 800 ad to about 1370, remarkable for its architecture
the language of this people, belonging to the Mon-Khmer family: the official language of Cambodia
of or relating to this people or their language
Derived Forms
Khmerian, adjective
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Word Origin and History for Khmer

1867, native name. Khmer Rouge, communist party of Cambodia, literally "Red Khmer," is with French rouge (see rouge (n.)).

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