[sahy-am, sahy-am]


former name of Thailand(def 1).
Gulf of, Thailand(def 2). Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for siam

Contemporary Examples of siam

Historical Examples of siam

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for siam



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 Indochinathe former name of (the Gulf of) Thailand (def. 2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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