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Sinhalese

[sin-huh-leez, -lees] /ˌsɪn həˈliz, -ˈlis/
adjective
1.
of or relating 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

/ˌsɪnhəˈliːz/
noun
1.
(pl) -leses, -lese. 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
adjective
3.
of or relating to this people or their language
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Word Origin and History for Sinhalese
adj.

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

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