Sinhalese

noun
Sin·​ha·​lese | \ ˌsiŋ-gə-ˈlēz How to pronounce Sinhalese (audio) , ˌsin-(h)ə-, -ˈlēs \
variants: or Singhalese
plural Sinhalese or Singhalese

Definition of Sinhalese

1 : a member of a people that inhabit Sri Lanka and form a major part of its population
2 : the Indo-Aryan language of the Sinhalese people

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Sinhalese or Singhalese adjective

First Known Use of Sinhalese

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Sinhalese was in 1598

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“Sinhalese.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Sinhalese. Accessed 7 December 2019.

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Sinhalese

noun
How to pronounce Sinhalese (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Sinhalese

: a member of a group of people who live in Sri Lanka
: the language of the Sinhalese people

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