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Tibetan Syllabification: Ti·bet·an
Pronunciation: /təˈbetn/

Definition of Tibetan in English:


1A native of Tibet or a person of Tibetan descent.
Example sentences
  • At current rates of inward migration, native Tibetans will soon become a minority.
  • Thousands of local Qinghai Mongolians and Tibetans were mobilized to participate in the task.
  • Such Indian hospitality, however modest, has greatly helped the Tibetans.
2The Tibeto-Burman language of Tibet, also spoken in neighboring areas of China, India, and Nepal.
Example sentences
  • Nepali is the official language, but Rai and Tibetan are also spoken.
  • To illustrate but one benefit of being educated in India, Tibetans brought up there speak fluent Tibetan - a privilege non-existent to those born elsewhere.
  • He was also an accomplished linguist speaking nine foreign languages including Chinese and Tibetan.


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Of or relating to Tibet, its people, or its language.
Example sentences
  • She slowly learned the Tibetan language, and gained the physical strength and stamina needed for the intensely hard work of milking, churning butter, making dung cakes, fetching water.
  • Then on Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20, there will be a full program of Tibetan culture, meditation, sand mandalas and activities for the kids.
  • Himalaya, a new film by author, documentarian, and National Geographic photographer Eric Valli, is finally a feature that delicately captures raw Tibetan culture.

Words that rhyme with Tibetan

Breton, jetton, Sowetan, threaten

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