how to pronounce khmer


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the above transcription of khmer is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

khmer is pronounced in three syllables

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An example use of khmer in a speech by a native speaker of british english:

“… uh bosnia cambodia under the khmer rouge …”

meanings of khmer


  1. The national language of Cambodia, part of the Mon-Khmer language family.
  2. A member of an ethnolinguistic group that constitutes most of the population of Cambodia.
  3. An abugida used to write the Khmer language and sometimes Pali.


  1. Of or pertaining to Khmer people or their language.

khmer frequency in english - C2 level of CEFR

the word khmer occurs in english on average 3 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for C2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

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