Tamil

noun
Tam·​il | \ ˈta-məl How to pronounce Tamil (audio) , ˈtä- How to pronounce Tamil (audio) \

Definition of Tamil

1 : a Dravidian language of Tamil Nadu state, India, and of northern and eastern Sri Lanka
2 : a Tamil-speaking person or a descendant of Tamil-speaking ancestors

First Known Use of Tamil

1734, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Tamil

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

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“Tamil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tamil. Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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