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Sinhalese

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

Simple Definition of Sinhalese

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

  • : the language of the Sinhalese people

Full Definition of Sinhalese

plural Sinhalese or Singhalese

  1. 1 :  a member of a people that inhabit Sri Lanka and form a major part of its population

  2. 2 :  the Indo-Aryan language of the Sinhalese people

Sinhalese or Sin·ghalese adjective

1598

First Known Use of sinhalese

1598

Variants of sinhalese

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

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