follow Dictionary.com

Stories We Like: Novels For Language Lovers

Siam

[sahy-am, sahy-am] /saɪˈæm, ˈsaɪ æm/
noun
1.
former name of Thailand (def 1).
2.
Gulf of, Thailand (def 2).

Thailand

[tahy-land, -luh nd] /ˈtaɪˌlænd, -lənd/
noun
1.
Formerly Siam. a kingdom in SE Asia: official name of Siam 1939–45 and since 1949. 198,242 sq. mi. (513,445 sq. km).
Capital: Bangkok.
2.
Gulf of. Also called Gulf of Siam. an arm of the South China Sea, S of Thailand.
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for gulf of siam

Siam

/saɪˈæm; ˈsaɪæm/
noun
1.
the former name (until 1939 and 1945–49) of Thailand
2.
Gulf of Siam, an arm of the South China Sea between the Malay Peninsula and Indochina the former name of (the Gulf of) Thailand (sense 2)

Thailand

/ˈtaɪˌlænd/
noun
1.
a kingdom in SE Asia, on the Andaman Sea and the Gulf of Thailand: united as a kingdom in 1350 and became a major SE Asian power; consists chiefly of a central plain around the Chao Phraya river system, mountains rising over 2400 m (8000 ft) in the northwest, and rainforest the length of the S peninsula. Parts of the SW coast suffered badly in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Official language: Thai. Official religion: (Hinayana) Buddhist. Currency: baht. Capital: Bangkok. Pop: 67 448 120 (2013 est). Area: 513 998 sq km (198 455 sq miles) Former name (until 1939 and 1945–49) Siam
2.
Gulf of Thailand, an arm of the South China Sea between the Malay Peninsula and Indochina Former name Gulf of Siam
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for gulf of siam

Siam

name of Thailand before 1939 and from 1945-48, from Thai sayam, from Sanskrit syama "dark," in reference to the relative skin color of the people.

Thailand

from Thai, indigenous name of the inhabitants, + land (n.). Cf. Siam.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
gulf of siam in Culture
Thailand [(teye-land)]

Constitutional monarchy in southern Southeast Asia, bordered by Burma to the west and northwest, Laos to the north and east, Cambodia to the southeast, and the Gulf of Siam (an arm of the Pacific Ocean) and Malaysia to the south. Its capital and largest city is Bangkok.

Note: Thailand was formerly called Siam.
Note: Strongly supported the United States during the Vietnam War, Thailand was the site of American air bases until 1976, when relations with the United States deteriorated.
Note: During the early 1990s, its economy became one of the strongest in Asia, but it experienced a sharp downturn in the mid-1990s.
The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Siam

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for gulf

8
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for gulf of siam