Sinhalese

Sinhalese

[sin-huh-leez, -lees]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Sri Lanka, its native people, or their language.
noun, plural Sinhalese for 2.
2.
a member of the Sinhalese people.
3.
an Indic language that is the language of the majority of the population of Sri Lanka, including Colombo.
Also, Singhalese.
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Sinhalese or Singhalese (ˌsɪnhəˈliːz)
 
n , -leses, -lese
1.  a member of a people living chiefly in Sri Lanka, where they constitute the majority of the population
2.  the language of this people, belonging to the Indic branch of the Indo-European family: the official language of Sri Lanka. It is written in a script of Indian origin
 
adj
3.  of or relating to this people or their language
 
Singhalese or Singhalese
 
n
 
adj

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Sinhalese
"pertaining to Sri Lanka," 1797, from Skt. Sinhala "Sri Lanka, Ceylon," from simhala-, lit. "of lions," from simhah "lion." As the name of a language spoken there, it is attested from 1801.
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