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OTHER SCRIPTS: ประเทศไทย (Thai)
PRONOUNCED: tie-LAND, tie-LƏND
CONTRIBUTOR: anonymous on 4/23/2017
Meaning & History
The first element, Thai ไทย (tai), possibly means "free man", from ไท (tai) "free, independent" or "people, human being", from a rural folk word for "people". The second element is the English -land, denoting a territory, country, or region. This is the name of a Southeast Asian nation on the Indochinese peninsula.