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Short/long pronunciation[edit]

เจ้า is pronounced as written, with a short vowel sound, according to So Sethaputra New Model Thai-English Dictionary (2542 BE/AD 1999) UNLESS otherwise indicated. The same spelling but pronounced จ้าว with a long vowel sound is indicated for these:

  • royalty, king, lord, prince, potentate, ruler
  • supreme in a particular field, a king, a tycoon, such as เจ้าแห่งขอทาน king of beggars, เจ้าแห่งสิงห์สาราสัตว์ king of beasts, เจ้าแห่งภาพยนตร์ movie tycoon
  • either pronunciation for a god or goddess

These are followed by entries for perhaps a hundred compound titles and expressions, many of which would fit in the categories above, but are NOT "otherwise indicated." I have not found the alternate pronunciation in any other reference, so I will leave these comments here until otherwise indicated. --Pawyilee 08:15, 12 January 2011 (UTC)

The romanization should not use "c," it should use "j." 10:44, 12 January 2011 (UTC)
See J at Wikipedia. Meanwhile, how to add compounds like Chao Ban, master of household, or chaokhong, owner. --Pawyilee (talk) 09:24, 29 February 2012 (UTC)