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Bengali

[ben-gaw-lee, -gah-, beng-] /bɛnˈgɔ li, -ˈgɑ-, bɛŋ-/
noun
1.
a native or an inhabitant of Bengal; Bengalese.
2.
an Indic language spoken in E India and Bangladesh.
3.
adjective
4.
of or relating to Bengal, its inhabitants, or their language; Bengalese.

Bengalee

or Bengali

[ben-gaw-lee, -gah-, beng-] /bɛnˈgɔ li, -ˈgɑ-, bɛŋ-/
noun
1.
a native or inhabitant of Bangladesh.
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  • Kholan—instrument of music, being a long earthenware drum covered at both ends with leather; distinctive of the Bengali Vaishnavs.

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings Krishna das Kaviraja
  • He came to the conclusion that everyday Bengali would hardly do to approach him with.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • Do the English send their troops on the wire—or is this the work of the Bengali?'

    Life's Handicap Rudyard Kipling
  • Nothing like this happens, however, when the Bengali boy is taught in English.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
  • The device of a floating lock of hair is not uncommon in Bengali Mrchen.

    Popular Tales Charles Perrault
  • Then came Bankim's Bangadarsan, taking the Bengali heart by storm.

    My Reminiscences Rabindranath Tagore
British Dictionary definitions for Bengali

Bengali

/bɛnˈɡɔːlɪ; bɛŋ-/
noun
1.
a member of a people living chiefly in Bangladesh and in West Bengal. The West Bengalis are mainly Hindus; the East Bengalis of Bangladesh are mainly Muslims
2.
Also called Bangla. the language of this people: the official language of Bangladesh and the chief language of West Bengal; it belongs to the Indic branch of the Indo-European family
adjective
3.
of or relating to Bengal, the Bengalis, or their language
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