noun \ˌsiŋ-gə-ˈlēz, ˌsin-(h)ə-, -ˈlēs\

: a member of a group of people who live in Sri Lanka

: the language of the Sinhalese people

plural Sinhalese or Singhalese

Full Definition of SINHALESE

:  a member of a people that inhabit Sri Lanka and form a major part of its population
:  the Indo-Aryan language of the Sinhalese people
Sinhalese or Sin·ghalese adjective

Variants of SINHALESE

Sin·ha·lese or Sin·gha·lese \ˌsiŋ-gə-ˈlēz, ˌsin-(h)ə-, -ˈlēs\

First Known Use of SINHALESE



noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any member of the largest ethnic group of Sri Lanka. Their ancestors are believed to have come from northern India. Most Sinhalese are agriculturalists, and most adhere to Theravada Buddhism. Like other peoples of Sri Lanka, the Sinhalese have a caste society with a complex structure based largely on occupation. Today the Sinhalese number more than 12 million.


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