เจ้าฟ้า

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Thai[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From เจ้า (jâao, chief, lord, master; owner, possessor) +‎ ฟ้า (fáa, sky; heaven). Compare Burmese စော်ဘွား (caubhwa:), Khmer ចៅហ្វា (cawhviə), Lao ເຈົ້າຟ້າ (chao fā).

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographicเจ้าฟ้า
e t͡ɕ ˆ ā f ˆ ā
Phonemicจ้าว-ฟ้า
t͡ɕ ˆ ā w – f ˆ ā
RomanizationPaiboonjâao-fáa
Royal Institutechao-fa
(standard) IPA(key)/t͡ɕaːw˥˩.faː˦˥/

Noun[edit]

เจ้าฟ้า (jâao-fáa) (classifier องค์ or พระองค์)

  1. royal person who is a child of a monarch and his or her consort.
  2. royal person whose mother is a daughter or granddaughter of a monarch.
  3. royal person who is a grandchild of a monarch, and whose father and mother are เจ้าฟ้า.
  4. ruler of a certain Tai territory, such as ruler of Kengtung.
  5. (figuratively, sometimes used to prefix เจ้าแผ่นดิน) monarch; royal person.