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ThaiEdit

 
the image hall of Wat Suthat, Bangkok
 
within the image hall of Wat Suthat, Bangkok

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PronunciationEdit

Orthographic วิหาร
w i h ā r
Phonemic วิ-หาน
w i – h ā n
[bound form]
วิ-หา-ระ-
w i – h ā – r a –
Paiboon wí-hǎan wí-hǎa-rá-
(Bangkok) IPA(key) /wi˦˥.haːn˩˩˦/ /wi˦˥.haː˩˩˦.ra˦˥./

Etymology 1Edit

From Pali vihāra (monastery) or Sanskrit विहार (vihāra, academy; sanctuary; temple); perhaps via Old Khmer vihāra (monastery). Compare Modern Khmer វិហារ (vĭhar); Lao ວິຫານ (wi hān).

NounEdit

วิหาร (wí-hǎan)

  1. religious compound; monastery; place of worship.
  2. in a religious compound: image hall (hall housing a religious image/images), as distinguished from โบสถ์ (bòot, ritual hall).
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Etymology 2Edit

From Sanskrit विहार (vihāra, absence; enjoyment; pleasure; etc). Cognate with Khmer វិហារ (vĭhar).

NounEdit

  1. (elegant) relax; rest.