Mal·​a·​ya·​lam ˌma-lə-ˈyä-ləm How to pronounce Malayalam (audio)
: the Dravidian language of Kerala, southwest India, closely related to Tamil

Examples of Malayalam in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dravidian languages, such as Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam, have no historical relationship and virtually no linguistic similarities to the Indo-Aryan languages of the north. Phillip M. Carter, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2023 The film will release in the Telugu, Tamil, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi languages. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 28 July 2023 The film will be released in India on June 2, 2023 in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, Gujarati, Marathi, Punjabi and Bengali versions. Patrick Frater, Variety, 8 May 2023 In 2022, south Indian films, from the language groups Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam, together accounted for 53% of box office, the Hindi-language Bollywood 35% and other Indian languages 5%. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 4 May 2023 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 The Malayalam language news platform had sought to overturn the January 2022 decision of prime minister Narendra Modi’s government to cancel a broadcasting licence issued to it. Mimansa Verma, Quartz, 5 Apr. 2023 The film will be made in the Bengali language with several different local dialects and will be dubbed into the Hindi, English, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Malayalam languages. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 5 Apr. 2023 The first part of the thriller with a romantic undercurrent is expected to be released worldwide on Sept. 23 in its original Telugu language and dubbed Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, Hindi and English-language versions. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 30 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1814, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Malayalam was in 1814

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Cite this Entry

“Malayalam.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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