พระ

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Thai[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographic พระ
b r a
Phonemic พฺระ
b ̥ r a
Paiboon prá
(Bangkok) IPA(key) /pʰrä(ʔ)˦˥/

Noun[edit]

พระ ‎(prá)

  1. a god; a deity.
  2. a 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.
  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.
  8. (historical)
    1. the Thai noble rank above หลวง ‎(lǔuang) and below พระยา ‎(prá-yaa).
    2. a person holding such rank.

See also[edit]

Pronoun[edit]

พระ ‎(prá)

  1. (poetic) a second or third person pronoun used for gods or god-like figures (as priests, royals, nobles, etc.).