Definition of Sylheti in English:

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Pronunciation: /sɪlˈhɛtɪ/

noun (plural same or Sylhetis)

1A native or inhabitant of the region around Sylhet, a city in north-eastern Bangladesh.
Example sentences
  • For non-Bangladeshi readers, the Sylhetis are originated from Sylhet, a district of Bangladesh and they represent the most Bangladeshi migrants to UK starting from early twentieth century.
  • As for dried fish, again most West Bengali families I know detest it, but at least for Sylhetis it is a major delicacy.
  • Then gradually, the first Sylhetis began to arrive.
2The dialect of Bengali spoken by the Sylheti.
Example sentences
  • The Helpline counsellors are from the Asian community and can give advice in Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Gujarati and Bengali/Sylheti as well as English.
  • Most South Asian participants were Bangladeshis speaking Sylheti - a dialect with no written form; they received a plan written in English, explained through a bilingual advocate.
  • The community researchers translated the tapes in Punjabi, Urdu, Bengali, and Sylheti into English.


Relating to the Sylheti or their language.
Example sentences
  • They are two bright stars of the Sylheti film industry.
  • The study, costing up to £30,000 and also involving the Bangladeshi Sylheti community in east London, aims to boost the Government's understanding of the causes of forced marriages.
  • In face to face interviews complications arise where different forms of the same language are used - for example, Bengali and the Sylheti variant of Bengali, the latter having no written form.
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