A member of an ethnolinguistic group that constitutes most of the population of Cambodia.
An abugida used to write the Khmer language and sometimes Pali.
Origin of khmer
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Attributed to the Pali term Khemara (“one who is wholesome”); the elision form, ក្មេរ (Kmera), is found in ancient stone inscriptions.
Khmer Sentence Examples
As early as the 12th century B.C., Chinese chronicles, which are almost the only source for the history of Cambodia till the 5th century A.D., mention a region called Fou-nan, in later times appearing under the name of Tchin-la; embracing the basin of the Menam, it extended eastwards to the Mekong and may be considered approximately coextensive with the Khmer kingdom.
Any difficulties were chiefly created by the Khmer Rouge, who were unwilling to co-operate.
The name Kambuja, whence the European form Cambodia, is derived from the Hindu Kambu, the name of the mythical founder of the Khmer race; it seems to have been officially adopted by the Khmers as the title of their country about this period.