noun \kə-ˈmer\
plural Khmer or Khmers

Definition of KHMER

:  a member of an aboriginal people of Cambodia
:  the Mon-Khmer language of the Khmer people that is the official language of Cambodia
Khmer adjective

Origin of KHMER

northern or western dialect Khmer khmε:r, a self-designation (standard Khmer khmaε)
First Known Use: 1876

Other Language Terms

cognate, collocation, homonym


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any member of the ethnolinguistic group that constitutes most of the population of Cambodia. Smaller numbers of Khmer also live in southeastern Thailand and the Mekong River delta of southern Vietnam. Traditional Khmer are a predominantly agricultural people, subsisting on rice and fish and living in villages. Their crafts include weaving, pottery making, and metalworking. They follow Theravada Buddhism, which coexists with pre-Buddhist animistic beliefs. Indian culture has historically been a strong influence on Khmer culture.

Variants of KHMER

Khmer or Cambodian or Kampuchean


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