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[sahy-am, sahy-am] /saɪˈæm, ˈsaɪ æm/
former name of Thailand (def 1).
Gulf of, Thailand (def 2). Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • A line from Bangkok to Bianghsen, in Siam, is being projected at the present time.

    The Railroad Question William Larrabee
  • And then I was left alone with my ship, anchored at the head of the Gulf of Siam.

    The Secret Sharer Joseph Conrad
  • In Siam the Buddhist religion has been preserved pure and uncorrupted.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin
  • In Siam cremation is the general way of disposing of the dead.

    Travels in the Far East

    Ellen Mary Hayes Peck
  • At noon on this day the two vessels were forty-four miles up the Gulf of Siam.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • We had to ask no end of questions about Siam because the lecture was postponed for the absentees.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • These states tributary to Siam contain a population of about two millions.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
  • I doubt if the last change in the boundary of Siam is shown before you.

    Four Young Explorers Oliver Optic
British Dictionary definitions for Siam


/saɪˈæm; ˈsaɪæm/
the former name (until 1939 and 1945–49) of Thailand
Gulf of Siam, an arm of the South China Sea between the Malay Peninsula and Indochina the former name of (the Gulf of) Thailand (sense 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Siam

name of Thailand before 1939 and from 1945-48, from Thai sayam, from Sanskrit syama "dark," in reference to the relative skin color of the people.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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