noun Tam·il \ˈta-məl, ˈtä-\

Definition of Tamil

  1. 1 :  a Dravidian language of Tamil Nadu state, India, and of northern and eastern Sri Lanka

  2. 2 :  a Tamil-speaking person or a descendant of Tamil-speaking ancestors

Origin and Etymology of tamil

Tamil Tamiẓ; akin to Pali Damiḷa, a Dravidian-speaking people, Sanskrit Dravida

First Known Use: 1734

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