Tel·​u·​gu ˈte-lə-ˌgü How to pronounce Telugu (audio)
plural Telugu or Telugus
: a member of the largest group of people in Telangana, India
: the Dravidian language of the Telugu people

Examples of Telugu in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Two regional parties in particular would be kingmakers: the Telugu Desam Party, in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh, with 16 seats, and the Janata Dal (United) party in the eastern state of Bihar, with 12. Pragati K.b. Atul Loke, New York Times, 4 June 2024 This initiative, which supports multiple languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, and Telugu, leverages a diverse network of academicians, researchers, tech platforms, and fact checkers. Fahad Shah, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 May 2024 The film is being shot simultaneously in the Tamil, Telugu and Hindi languages. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 2 May 2024 Pan India film is a term usually used for films made in one of the four south Indian languages – Telugu, Tamil, Kannada and Malayalam – which is dubbed into Hindi and other languages and released across India and in overseas diaspora markets. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 16 Apr. 2024 Collective Newsroom will create and publish journalism for BBC News in six Indian languages: Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu, as well as in English for the BBC News India YouTube channel, and produce other English-language content. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 10 Apr. 2024 The ads were written in three different languages widely spoken in India: Hindi, Telugu, and English. Billy Perrigo, TIME, 2 Apr. 2024 Fatehi made her name across India performing what are known as item songs — special musical numbers inserted into a movie — in numerous Hindi, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam films. Marc Schneider, Billboard, 26 Feb. 2024 Hitherto a Kannada-language specialist, KRG is now expanding across the four southern Indian languages that also include Malayalam, Telugu and Tamil. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 19 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Telugu telũgu, tenũngu

First Known Use

1789, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Telugu was in 1789

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“Telugu.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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