Definition of Bengali in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌbeNGˈɡälē/

noun (plural Bengalis)

1A native of Bengal.
Example sentences
  • The Indian Bengalis and the Bengali expatriates all over the world would pay almost anything to have Hilsha in their plate.
  • With the creation of Bangladesh in 1971, official records were of emigration from that country, separate from that of Indians and Bengalis.
  • The Hindu Bengalis were the first Indians to master the English language and to learn their master's ways, the first to flatter him by emulation, and the first to earn his distrust by unbidden demonstrations of wit and industry.
2The Indic language of Bangladesh and West Bengal.
Example sentences
  • Though English continues to be a strong second language in Bangladesh, Bengali is the official language of government and education.
  • Though Begum Azad has sung in other languages including Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and Telugu, it is her mother-tongue that she is most comfortable with.
  • He is a linguist and fluently speaks in Urdu, Persian, Tamil, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi and Assamese, besides English and Khasi languages.


Relating to Bengal, its people, or their language.
Example sentences
  • These two will be followed by the launch of four specialised channels in all the four southern languages, and also a Bengali channel.
  • Bangladesh, which means the ‘Land of the Bengalis’ in the Bengali language, is a republic located in Southeast Asia.
  • To ensure that the girls know and understand their own Bangladeshi culture local Bangladeshi artists and musicians conduct classes in drawing, singing, dancing and recitation of Bengali poems.


From Hindi baṅgālī.

Words that rhyme with Bengali

Cawley, crawly, creepy-crawly, Macaulay, Morley, Nepali, poorly, rawly, scrawly, squally

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Syllabification: Ben·ga·li

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