Definition of Konkani in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkəʊŋkəni/


[mass noun]
An Indic language that is the main language of Goa and adjacent parts of Maharashtra, with about 5 million speakers. Also called Goan.
Example sentences
  • It is a pleasant amalgam of Persian, Arabic, Marathi, and Hindustani with Konkani as its base.
  • He had steeled himself for a conversation in English and was delighted when I broke into Portuguese and Konkani.
  • When we tell them why, they nod good-naturedly and talk to the rest, and laugh gently at Katherine's weak attempts at Konkani.


Relating to Konkani.
Example sentences
  • Would one coin a decipherable Konkani equivalent for a medical term as simple as sinusitis?
  • The first Konkani book to be translated into English, The Upheaval deals with the collapse of an agrarian society that lived by myths and unspoken rules.
  • He has translated a few Konkani works into Malayalam.


From Marathi and Hindi koṅkaṇī, from Sanskrit koṅkaṇa 'Konkan' (a coastal region of western India).

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