Definition of Sinhalese in English:


Line breaks: Sin¦hal|ese
Pronunciation: /ˌsɪnhəˈliːz
, ˌsɪnə-/
(also Singhalese, Sinhala /sɪnˈhɑːlə/)

noun (plural same)

1A member of a people originally from northern India, now forming the majority of the population of Sri Lanka.
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  • I went to school with Tamils, Sinhalese and members of the Burgher community.
  • I am sure the working class of Sri Lanka, Tamils and Sinhalese alike, will reject this perspective.
  • The population of Trincomalee is divided into roughly equal numbers of Sinhalese and Tamils with a significant Muslim population.
2 [mass noun] An Indic language spoken by the Sinhalese, descended from Sanskrit. It has about 13 million speakers.
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  • It is not reasonable to ask him to go there because he has no family, friends, work, source of income or shelter in Colombo and does not speak the dominant language, Sinhalese.
  • He was arrested on January 27 and was tortured and forced to sign a statement in Sinhalese, a language he does not understand.
  • The only evidence against them are confessions extracted under torture and written in Sinhalese - a language none of them read or write.


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Relating to the Sinhalese or their language.
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  • As a registered party, the SEP was allocated 15 minutes on state-run television and radio to present its program in the Tamil and Sinhala languages.
  • The principal medium of activity in the Vihara is the Sinhala language.
  • He displayed a copy of the Sinhala language publication of the World Socialist Web Site.


from Sanskrit Siṅhala 'Sri Lanka' + -ese.

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