นาง

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Thai[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Alternative forms

Etymology[edit]

From Old Khmer nāṅa, nāṅ°, , (courtesy title for females). Cognate with Modern Khmer នាង (niəng); Old Chinese (OC *naŋ, “young woman”); ᦓᦱᧂ (naang); Tai Nüa ᥢᥣᥒᥰ (naang2); Vietnamese nàng.

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographic/Phonemicนาง
n ā ŋ
RomanizationPaiboonnaang
Royal Institutenang
(standard) IPA(key)/naːŋ˧/

Noun[edit]

นาง (naang)

  1. (archaic) chief; lord; master.
  2. title:
    1. (archaic) a formal title given to a woman in authority, as a goddess, queen, princess, mistress, etc.
    2. a formal title given to a female animal.
    3. a title given to any female.
    4. (law) a formal title which a married woman may use instead of เด็กหญิง (dèk-yǐng) or นางสาว (naang-sǎao).
    5. similar title, as mistress, madame, etc.
  3. used to replace อี (ii) for politeness, such as นางแอ่น (naang-ɛ̀n) for อีแอ่น (ii-ɛ̀n), นางรม (naang-rom) for อีรม (ii-rom), etc.
  4. (chiefly in compounds) woman.

Usage notes[edit]

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

Derived terms[edit]

Derived terms

Pronoun[edit]

นาง (naang)

  1. (formal and archaic, now derogatory) a second or third person pronoun used to refer to a female.
  2. (colloquial or humorous) a second or third person pronoun used to refer to anyone.

Classifier[edit]

นาง (naang)

  1. (somewhat archaic) Classifier for females..