Dravidian languages

plural noun

: a language family of India, Sri Lanka, and Pakistan that includes Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam

Examples of Dravidian languages in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That’s because the right candidate will be well-versed in Malayalam and Kannada, two Dravidian languages spoken by 35 million and 44 million people, respectively, in certain regions of South India, according to Wikipedia. Andrea Guzman, Fortune, 19 Apr. 2023 Two of them are apparently Dravidian languages. IEEE Spectrum, 1 July 2021 In India speakers of Indo-Aryan and Dravidian languages which are geographically adjacent are only marginally different genetically. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 13 July 2012

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Dravidian languages was in 1871

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“Dravidian languages.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dravidian%20languages. Accessed 1 Dec. 2023.

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