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From Old Khmer bra or Angkorian Old Khmer braḥ, braḥh, brah ‎(literally distinguished; divine; excellent; holy; sacred; superior; etc); ultimately from Sanskrit वर ‎(vara, best; excellent; foremost; holy; precious; top; valuable; etc).

Compare Old Khmer vraḥ, vraḥh, vrah, vrahh, vrāʼaḥ, brā; Angkorian Old Khmer vraḥ, vraḥha, vraḥh, vrah, vras, vrāḥ; Modern Khmer ព្រះ ‎(preăh).


Orthographic พระ
b r a
Phonemic พฺระ
b ̥ r a
Paiboon prá
(Bangkok) IPA(key) /pʰrä(ʔ)˦˥/


พระ ‎(prá)

  1. god; deity.
  2. priest.
  3. royal person.
  4. image, statue, etc, of a god, priest, or royal person.
  5. an honorific or term of address for gods, priests, royals, and nobles, as well as things or beings relating to them.
  6. (historical)
    1. the Thai noble rank above หลวง ‎(lǔuang) and below พระยา ‎(prá-yaa).
    2. person holding such rank.
  7. male protagonist (as in a literary work, drama, etc).

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พระ ‎(prá)

  1. (poetic) a second or third person pronoun, applied to gods, priests, royals, and nobles.