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EtymologyEdit

From เด็ก (dèk, child) +‎ หญิง (yǐng, female).

PronunciationEdit

Orthographicเด็กหญิง
e ɗ ˘ k h ɲ i ŋ
Phonemicเด็ก-หฺญิง
e ɗ ˘ k – h ̥ ɲ i ŋ
RomanizationPaiboondèk-yǐng
Royal Institutedek-ying
(standard) IPA(key)/dek̚˨˩.jiŋ˩˩˦/

NounEdit

เด็กหญิง (dèk-yǐng)

  1. girl.
  2. (law) a formal title which a unmarried woman under 15 years of age is required to use. Abbreviation: ด.ญ. (dɔɔ-yɔɔ)

Usage notesEdit

  • An unmarried woman over 15 years of age is required to use the title นางสาว (naang-sǎao). A married woman, irrespective of the age, is required to use either นางสาว (naang-sǎao) or นาง (naang).
  • A man under 15 years of age is required to the title เด็กชาย (dèk-chaai), and that over 15 years of age is required to use the title นาย (naai).