Definition of Malayalam in English:


Line breaks: Ma¦lay|alam
Pronunciation: /ˌmaləˈjɑːləm


[mass noun]
  • A Dravidian language spoken in the southern Indian state of Kerala by about 35 million people. It is closely related to Tamil.
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    • Rao can speak Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi with relative ease.
    • Despite being a Telugu, she says her most satisfying numbers came in other languages like Tamil and Malayalam.
    • She will render a selection of her hits in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi.


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  • Relating to Malayalam or its speakers.
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    • Real-life Poornima is miles away from the sad-faced women she has portrayed in Malayalam serials.
    • But the focus of the celebration would be an exhibition of Malayalam books.
    • This time, the Malayalam film industry also ensured its representation at the World Cup cricket bonanza.


early 19th century: from Malayalam, from mala (Tamil malai) 'mountain' + āḷ 'man'.

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