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Not to be confused with Thiais.

Thais can be the plural of Thai. Or, in the singular it is usually a woman's name, often spelled Thaïs, a word of two syllables.

In the plural it usually refers to:

  • The Thai people, the main ethnic group of Thailand
  • The Thai peoples or Tai peoples, the ethnic groups of southern China and Southeast Asia

In the singular it may refer to the following:


Classical Greece[edit]

  • Thaïs, a celebrated hetaira during the era of Alexander (356-323)
    • Thais of Athens, courtesan in the play Thais by Menander (342-291), quoted in 1 Corinthians 15:33
    • Thais of Athens, a 1972 historical novel by Ivan Efremov
    • Thaïs, an asteroid (see below)

Christian Egypt[edit]

  • Thaïs (saint), repentant courtesan, who is recorded in the Vitae Patrum (Lives of the Desert Fathers) and Apophthegmata Patrum (Sayings of the Desert Fathers)
    • Thaïs (novel), an 1890 novel by Anatole France
    • Thaïs (opera), an 1894 opera by Jules Massenet
    • Thaïs, a 1911 play by Paul Wilstach, performed at the Criterion Theatre in London
    • Thais, a 1917 American film (see below).
    • Thaïs, a sculpture (see below).

Modern given name[edit]

  • Thaís (born 1987), Brazilian footballer (full name Thaís Helene da Silva)


Novels, Plays[edit]

  • The above two novels and two plays




  • Thaïs, an Art Deco sculpture by Demetre Chiparus



  • Thais, a fictional city in Tibia (first release 1997) and in Aveyond (first release 2004)

See also[edit]