Definition of Khmer

1. Noun. The Mon-Khmer language spoken in Cambodia.

Generic synonyms: Mon-khmer

2. Noun. A native or inhabitant of Cambodia.
Generic synonyms: Cambodian, Kampuchean

Definition of Khmer

1. Proper noun. The national language of Cambodia part of the Mon-Khmer language family. ¹

2. Proper noun. A member of an ethnolinguistic group that constitutes most of the population of Cambodia. ¹

3. Proper noun. An abugida used to write the Khmer language and sometimes Pali. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Khmer

Khmer (current term)
Khmer Rouge
Khmer numeral
Khmer numerals
Khmer script
Khoisan language

Literary usage of Khmer

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Cambodia at War by Dinah PoKempner, Human Rights Watch/Asia, Arms Project (Human Rights Watch), Human Rights Watch (Organization) (1995)
"HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES BY THE Khmer ROUGE There is little sign that the ideology, leadership, or social regulations of the Khmer Rouge have changed ..."

2. Land Mines in Cambodia: The Coward's War, September 1991 by Eric Stover, Asia Watch, Asia Watch Committee (U.S.), Asia Watch Committee (U.S., Physicians for Human Rights, Rae McGrath, Physicians for Human Rights (U.S.) (1991)
"The Khmer Rouge The break between the Khmer Rouge and Vietnamese led to tension ... In the less than four years that the Khmer Rouge ruled, more than one ..."

3. Political Control, Human Rights, and the UN Mission in Cambodia by Dinah PoKempner (1992)
"They were on their way to meet the Dutch troops assigned to duty in Pail in, who were waiting at the Thai border due to the Khmer Rouge's refusal to permit ..."

4. The Cold War in Asia edited by James G. Hershberg (1996)
"During the French colonial period and after, until the end of the Khmer Republic ... Only a handful survived the Khmer Rouge regime, and only two or three ..."

5. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann, Edward Aloysius Pace, Condé Bénoist Pallen, Thomas Joseph Shahan, John Joseph Wynne (1913)
"That all these territories were once included in the mighty Khmer Empire seems established by the numerous existing monuments and inscriptions, ..."

6. Pagan Races of the Malay Peninsula by Walter William Skeat, Charles Otto Blagden (1906)
"are sometimes more archaic than even the stereotyped forms of the Mon and Khmer written languages. In the Jakun group, so far as can be judged from the ..."

7. The History of Mankind by Friedrich Ratzel (1898)
"The nucleus and conception of Khmer art contains an Indian character, but the form has been metamorphosed. Influences from Eastern Asia have not succeeded ..."

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