- 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.
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Examples from the Web for khmer
Indochina, East Timor, the Shah, our brief covert support for the Khmer Rouge.Why Liberals Should Back Iraq Intervention
August 11, 2014
The brutal Khmer Rouge regime has left physical and mental scars across Cambodia.How Famines Make Future Generations Fat
May 11, 2014
As one regional newspaper observed, the Khmer Rouge trial has been met with “widespread indifference” in Cambodia.
It was the first conviction of a Khmer Rouge criminal by the UN-backed commission.
Yes, there are regimes beyond any conceivable pale—the Khmer in Cambodia in the 1970s being perhaps the best example.The U.S. Cannot Confront China on Every Move it Disagrees With
May 5, 2012
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.”Language
- 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
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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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