Definition of Konkani in English:

Konkani

Syllabification: Kon·ka·ni
Pronunciation: /ˈkôNGkəˌnē, ˈkäNG-
 
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noun

  • An Indic language that is the main language of Goa and adjacent parts of Maharashtra. Also called Goanese (see Goa).
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    • It is a pleasant amalgam of Persian, Arabic, Marathi, and Hindustani with Konkani as its base.
    • He had steeled himself for a conversation in English and was delighted when I broke into Portuguese and Konkani.
    • When we tell them why, they nod good-naturedly and talk to the rest, and laugh gently at Katherine's weak attempts at Konkani.

adjective

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  • Relating to Konkani.
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    • Would one coin a decipherable Konkani equivalent for a medical term as simple as sinusitis?
    • The first Konkani book to be translated into English, The Upheaval deals with the collapse of an agrarian society that lived by myths and unspoken rules.
    • He has translated a few Konkani works into Malayalam.

Origin

from Marathi and Hindi koṅkaṇī, from Sanskrit koṅkaṇa 'Konkan' (a coastal region of western India).

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