Definition of Cingalese in English:


Line breaks: Cin¦gal|ese
Pronunciation: /ˌsɪŋgəˈliːz

noun & adjective

  • archaic spelling of Sinhalese.
    More example sentences
    • His early education was in Cingalese, his mother-tongue, but he was later educated in English and attended an English College.
    • A British visitor in the late eighteenth century says, ‘The Cingalese neither keep their women in confinement nor impose on them any humiliating constraints.’
    • I knew but very little of the Cingalese language.


late 16th century: from French Cinghalais, from Sanskrit Siṃhala 'Sri Lanka' + -ese.

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