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n. (plural of cham English)


The Chams, or Cham people ( Cham: Urang Campa, , ), are an ethnic group in Southeast Asia. They are concentrated between the Kampong Cham Province in Cambodia and Phan Rang–Tháp Chàm, Phan Thiết, Ho Chi Minh City and An Giang Province in Central Vietnam. Approximately 4,000 Chams also live in Thailand; many of whom have moved south to the Pattani, Narathiwat, Yala, and Songkhla Provinces for work. Cham form the core of the Muslim communities in both Cambodia and Vietnam.

The Chams are remnants of the Champa polities (seventh to 18th centuries). They are closely related to other Austronesian peoples and speak Cham, a Malayo-Polynesian language of the Austronesian language family's Chamic subgroup. This is in contrast to most of the neighbouring peoples, who speak Austroasiatic languages.

Usage examples of "chams".

Born in blood, it had feasted upon the indigenous Chams, the neighboring Cambodians and the Laotians.

Angkor has survived conquests in the fifth century by the Chams, and the twelfth century by the Siamese, but neglect is another story.