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Maithili

Line breaks: Mai¦thili
Pronunciation: /ˈmʌɪtɪli
 
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Definition of Maithili in English:

noun

[mass noun]
One of the Bihari group of languages, spoken by some 25 million people in northern Bihar, elsewhere in India, and in Nepal.
Example sentences
  • In India, for instance, Maithili was claimed as a mother tongue by over 6 million people in the 1971 census.
  • For ‘Chitchor’ I had to sing in Maithili language, which is one of the native languages of Bihar.
  • These are as important contribution to the Maithili literature as are the writings of upper caste.

Origin

Sanskrit (as an adjective), from Mithilā, a place in northern Bihar.

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