[tahy-land, -luh nd]
- 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.
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Examples from the Web for thailand
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Thailand has had a lousy track record with functioning democracy for many decades.‘The Hunger Games’ Stars Silent on Thai Protesters
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Eunmi, now 23, had made it into South Korea through China and Thailand.How ‘Titanic ’Helped This Brave Young Woman Escape North Korea’s Totalitarian State
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She worked with wildlife as a volunteer in Peru and the Galapagos; she worked with elephants in Thailand, at a zoo in Australia.Let’s Free Stacey Addison, The Oregon Woman Jailed at the Ends of the Earth
October 30, 2014
That number is about the population of small towns like Phuket in Thailand or Danbury in Connecticut: no small achievement, that.Kailash Satyarthi, Malala's Nobel Peace Prize Co-Winner, Is Fighting India's Child Slavery Epidemic
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A guided tour includes authentic Japanese garden and teak pavilion from Thailand.Oahu Traveler's guide
Somebody in Thailand, if he was in Thailand wouldn't be of much danger in Dallas.Warren Commission (4 of 26): Hearings Vol. IV (of 15)
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- 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 IndochinaFormer name: Gulf of Siam
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Word Origin and History for thailand
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Thailand was formerly called Siam.
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.
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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