Definition of Sri Lanka in English:

Sri Lanka

Line breaks: Sri Lanka
Pronunciation: /srɪ ˈlaŋkə
, ʃrɪ/
An island country off the SE coast of India; population 21,324,800 (est. 2009); languages, Sinhalese (official), Tamil; capital, Colombo. Former name (until 1972) Ceylon.

The island was ruled by a strong native dynasty from the 12th century but was successively dominated by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British from the 16th century and finally annexed by the British in 1815. A Commonwealth state from 1948, the country became an independent republic in 1972. Since 1981 there has been fighting between government forces and Tamil separatist guerrillas


Sri Lankan

adjective & noun
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  • These funds have been given to the Brothers of Charity Sri Lankan Appeal Fund.
  • Her real parents Shyama and Dileepan are Sri Lankan Tamils.
  • While a large part of the Buddhist community followed the monk devoutly, some Sri Lankans saw him as a fundamentalist and nationalist who denigrated the country's minority religions.

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