เช้า

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Thai[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Proto-Tai *ɟa:wᶜ (morning; early). Compare Middle Chinese (MC t͡sɑuX, “morning, early”). Cognate with Lao ເຊົ້າ (sao), ᦋᧁᧉ (tsaw2), Shan ၸဝ်ႉ (tsâ̰w), Ahom 𑜋𑜈𑜫 (chaw), 𑜋𑜨𑜧 (chow) or 𑜋𑜨𑜧𑜈𑜫 (choww), Zhuang caeux. Compare Vietnamese chào. May be cognate with เพรา (prao, morning).

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographicเช้า
e d͡ʑ ˆ ā
Phonemicช้าว
d͡ʑ ˆ ā w
RomanizationPaibooncháao
Royal Institutechao
(standard) IPA(key)/t͡ɕʰaːw˦˥/

Adverb[edit]

เช้า (cháao)

  1. in the early part of the morning.
  2. before the usual or appointed time; ahead of time.

Noun[edit]

เช้า (cháao)

  1. morning.
  2. (colloquial) the period of time between sunrise and sunset; the period of time that there is still daylight.
Usage notes[edit]
  • In Thai culture, morning denotes the period of time from 06:00 hours to 09:00 hours. It may sometimes be extended to 12:00 hours.
See also[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Orthographic/Phonemicเช้า
e d͡ʑ ˆ ā
RomanizationPaibooncháo
Royal Institutechao
(standard) IPA(key)/t͡ɕʰaw˦˥/

Noun[edit]

เช้า (cháo)

  1. (archaic) basket.
Derived terms[edit]