Definition of Palaung in English:

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Pronunciation: /pəˈlaʊŋ/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun (plural same or Palaungs)

1A member of an indigenous people of the northern Shan states of Burma (Myanmar).
Example sentences
  • The Allies supported Burmese guerrillas (largely composed of Kachins, Karens, Shans, Chins, Lushais, and Palaungs), who were able to wreak havoc behind Japanese lines.
  • Many Palaung traditionally lived in multiple-family houses.
  • There are also significant numbers of Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Pao, Palaung, Lahu, Wa, and Rohingya.
2 [mass noun] The Mon-Khmer language of the Palaung.
Example sentences
  • Palaung is a language spoken by about 150000 people in the Shan States of Burma.
  • Palaung and Wa closely correspond with Khasi.


Relating to the Palaung or their language.
Example sentences
  • The Khasis have a unique linguistic family which is strictly connected with the Palaung Wa dialects spoken by the tribes.
  • The organization increases international and community knowledge of the Palaung people, their history and cultures.


The name in Palaung.

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