Definition of Mon-Khmer in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmōn kəˈmer/ /ˌmoʊn kəˈmɛr/


  • Relating to or denoting a family of languages spoken throughout SE Asia, of which the most important are Mon and Khmer. They are distantly related to Munda, with which they form the Austro-Asiatic phylum or superfamily.

    ‘It is a tonal Mon-Khmer language with strong Chinese lexical influences.’
    • ‘For example, many Mon-Khmer languages in Southeast Asia have no inflections and no tones.’
    • ‘The Kammu have their own language that belongs to the Mon-Khmer family of languages, but it is not a written language.’
    • ‘Austronesian and Mon-Khmer speakers live in the north but are most heavily represented in the south.’
    • ‘They are the southernmost Austroasiatic Mon-Khmer speaking people on the Malay Peninsula.’
    • ‘In the early 1980s while doing fieldwork among Btsisi ’, a Mon-Khmer speaking people of coastal Selangor, Malaysia, I witnessed an intriguing event which remains with me almost 20 years later.’
    • ‘Her paper investigates the main Jo ‘oh dance cycle of the Hma’ Btsitsi ’, an indigenous Mon-Khmer speaking people of peninsular Malaysia.’


  • The Mon-Khmer group of languages.

    ‘One group speaks Mon-Khmer, an Austroasiatic language.’
    • ‘They constitute three linguistic families, Tibeto-Burman, Mon-Khmer, and Tai, although today Burmese is written and spoken by most.’
    • ‘There are twenty-four groups, whose languages can be subdivided into four groups: Monic, Aslian, Eastern Mon-Khmer, and Northern Mon-Khmer.’


Late 19th century from Mon+ Khmer.