plural Tai
: a widespread group of peoples in southeast Asia associated ethnically with valley paddy-rice culture
: a family of languages including Thai and Shan spoken in southeast Asia and China

Word History

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Tai was in 1693

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“Tai.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

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