Definition of Konkani in English:


Line breaks: Kon|kani
Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊŋkəni


[mass noun]
  • An Indic language that is the main language of Goa and adjacent parts of Maharashtra, with about 5 million speakers. 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.


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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.


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

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