Ne·​pali nə-ˈpȯ-lē How to pronounce Nepali (audio) -ˈpä- How to pronounce Nepali (audio)
plural Nepali also Nepalis
: a native or inhabitant of Nepal
: an Indo-Aryan language spoken in Nepal
Nepali adjective

Examples of Nepali in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But the arrest last month of the owner of the country’s largest media conglomerate has raised fears about the Nepali government’s commitment to free speech, and about whether the country is now going the way of its South Asian neighbors Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. Bhadra Sharma, New York Times, 3 June 2024 British climber Daniel Paterson and his Nepali guide, Pas Tenji Sherpa, also remain missing after their expedition was hit on Tuesday by icefall on Everest's northern slope. Emma Ogao, ABC News, 23 May 2024 Amber, for instance, is ethnically Nepali (Bhutan has a history of delegitimizing Lhotshampa Nepali people), and his sense of belonging is dependent not only on a cultural notion of contentment, but on politics and paperwork. Siddhant Adlakha, Variety, 20 Jan. 2024 Work by Yi and her colleagues has shown that contrary to being wealthy, many people in Asian subgroups in New York City, including Bangladeshi and Nepali Americans, had difficulty accessing food during the pandemic. Usha Lee McFarling, STAT, 21 Nov. 2023 Governments are moving to restrict TikTok over privacy, ties to China Gagan Thapa, general secretary of Nepali Congress party, part of the ruling coalition, said that although regulation was necessary to discourage the abuse of social media, shutting down a platform was wrong. Sangam Prasai, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 Entire villages were leveled, hundreds of thousands of Nepali people were made homeless, and reconstruction totaling $6 billion is still ongoing today. Gerry Shih, Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2023 Hamas militants killed 23 Thai workers, 10 Nepali students and four Filipino caregivers in its Oct. 7 attack on Israel, Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s office said Thursday, citing ambassadors from those countries. Asa Fitch, WSJ, 3 Nov. 2023 Around thirty Maoists surrounded the home of Megh Bahadur Koirala, a tall, debonair pharmacist and a representative of the ruling Nepali Congress Party. Sean Williams, Harper's Magazine, 11 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Hindi naipālī of Nepal, from Sanskrit naipālīya, from Nepāla Nepal

First Known Use

1882, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Nepali was in 1882

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Cite this Entry

“Nepali.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2024.

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