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EtymologyEdit

From Old Khmer nāy, nāya (leader; leading man); ultimately from Sanskrit नाय (nāya, guide; leader). Compare Modern Khmer នាយ (néay).

PronunciationEdit

Orthographic/Phonemic นาย
n ā y
Paiboon naai
(standard) IPA(key) /naːj˧/

NounEdit

นาย (naai)

  1. chief; lord; master.
  2. (historical)
    1. the lowest noble rank of Thailand.
    2. person holding such rank.
  3. (law) the formal title used by a male commoner who has attained the age of 15.

Usage notesEdit

  • The male title is often translated as or compared to mister in English.
  • A male commoner below the age of 15 uses the title เด็กชาย (dèk-chaai).
  • A female commoner under the age of 15 uses the title เด็กหญิง (dèk-yǐng).
  • A female commoner over the age of 15 uses the title นางสาว (naang-sǎao). If married, the female may change her title to นาง (naang).

See alsoEdit

PronounEdit

นาย (naai)

  1. (colloquial) a second person pronoun used to address a male friend.
  2. (colloquial, somewhat archaic) a second or third person pronoun used to address a male superior.