พระ

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Thai[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Sanskrit वर (vara, best; blessed; excellent; godly; highest; holy; precious; princely; royal; supreme; etc.)

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

พระ (RTGS: phra)

  1. a god; a deity.
    • พระเบื้องบน
      God on high.
  2. a priest.
    • วัดนี้มีพระกี่รูป
      How many priests are there in this temple?
    • ไปไหว้พระกันเถิด
      Let's pay respect to the priest.
  3. a person who is kind as if being a god or priest.
  4. a religious personage.
  5. an image of a religious personage.
    • ไปไหว้พระกันเถิด
      Let's pay respect to the image.
  6. a monarch; a royal.
  7. an honorific given to gods, god-like figures (as priests, royals, nobles, etc.), as well as things or beings relating to them.
    • พระราชินีแห่งอังกฤษ
      Her Majesty the Queen of England.
    • พระสันตะปาปาเบเนดิกต์ที่ 16
      His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI.
    • พระโอรส
      Royal son.
    • พระบัญชา
      Royal command.
  8. (historical) the fourth-highest Thai noble rank.

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Pronoun[edit]

พระ (RTGS: phra)

  1. (poetic) a second or third person pronoun used for gods or god-like figures (as priests, royals, nobles, etc.).
    • พระเสด็จโดยแดนชล
      He [the king] travels by water.