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Sri Lanka Line breaks: Sri Lanka
Pronunciation: /srɪ ˈlaŋkə/

Definition of Sri Lanka in English:

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
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with Sri Lanka

anchor, banker, Bianca, canker, Casablanca, Costa Blanca, flanker, franker, hanker, lingua franca, Lubyanka, rancour (US rancor), ranker, Salamanca, spanker, tanka, tanker, up-anchor

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