Karen


Ka·ren

noun \kə-ˈren\
plural Karen or Karens

Definition of KAREN

1
:  a member of a group of peoples of eastern and southern Myanmar
2
a :  a group of languages spoken by the Karen peoples
b :  a language of this group

First Known Use of KAREN

1833

Karen

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any member of a variety of tribal peoples of southern Myanmar (Burma). Constituting the second largest minority in Myanmar, the Karen are not a unitary group in any ethnic sense, as they differ among themselves linguistically, religiously, and economically. Rather, they have defined themselves in terms of their common distrust of political domination by Myanmar, which has persisted since the country attained independence in 1948.

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