Definition of Tibetan in English:


Syllabification: Ti·bet·an
Pronunciation: /təˈbetn


  • 1A native of Tibet or a person of Tibetan descent.
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    • At current rates of inward migration, native Tibetans will soon become a minority.
    • Thousands of local Qinghai Mongolians and Tibetans were mobilized to participate in the task.
    • Such Indian hospitality, however modest, has greatly helped the Tibetans.
  • 2The Tibeto-Burman language of Tibet, also spoken in neighboring areas of China, India, and Nepal.
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    • Nepali is the official language, but Rai and Tibetan are also spoken.
    • To illustrate but one benefit of being educated in India, Tibetans brought up there speak fluent Tibetan - a privilege non-existent to those born elsewhere.
    • He was also an accomplished linguist speaking nine foreign languages including Chinese and Tibetan.


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  • Of or relating to Tibet, its people, or its language.
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    • She slowly learned the Tibetan language, and gained the physical strength and stamina needed for the intensely hard work of milking, churning butter, making dung cakes, fetching water.
    • Then on Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20, there will be a full program of Tibetan culture, meditation, sand mandalas and activities for the kids.
    • Himalaya, a new film by author, documentarian, and National Geographic photographer Eric Valli, is finally a feature that delicately captures raw Tibetan culture.

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Pronunciation: ˌkələrəˈto͝orə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody