Definition of Malayalam in English:

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Malayalam

Pronunciation: /ˌmaləˈjɑːləm/

noun

[mass noun]
A Dravidian language spoken in the southern Indian state of Kerala by about 35 million people. It is closely related to Tamil.
Example sentences
  • Rao can speak Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi with relative ease.
  • Despite being a Telugu, she says her most satisfying numbers came in other languages like Tamil and Malayalam.
  • She will render a selection of her hits in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi.

adjective

Relating to Malayalam or its speakers.
Example sentences
  • Real-life Poornima is miles away from the sad-faced women she has portrayed in Malayalam serials.
  • But the focus of the celebration would be an exhibition of Malayalam books.
  • This time, the Malayalam film industry also ensured its representation at the World Cup cricket bonanza.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Malayalam, from mala (Tamil malai) 'mountain' + āḷ 'man'.

Words that rhyme with Malayalam

Haarlem, Harlem, slalom

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: Ma¦lay|alam

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