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 (kăn′ə-rēz′, -rēs′)
n. pl. Kanarese
1. The Kannada language. No longer in current use.
2. A member of a Kannada-speaking people of southwest India. No longer in current use.

[Alteration of Kannada Kannaḍa + -ese.]


(ˌkænəˈriːz) or


npl -rese
1. (Peoples) a member of a people of S India living chiefly in Kanara
2. (Languages) the language of this people; Kannada
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Kanarese - a member of a Kannada-speaking group of people living chiefly in Kanara in southern India
Dravidian - a member of one of the aboriginal races of India (pushed south by Caucasians and now mixed with them)
2.Kanarese - a Dravidian language spoken in southern India
South Dravidian - a Dravidian language spoken primarily in southern India
Badaga - the dialect of Kannada that is spoken by the Badaga
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27) A linguistic survey published in 1934 states that there were 1,174 people literate in Gujarati, 908 in English, 284 in Punjabi, 161 in Hindi, 128 in Arabic, 125 in Marathi, 85 in Tamil, 83 in 'foreign' languages, 53 in Malayalam, 28 in Sindhi, 20 in Bengali, 10 in Telegu, 5 in Kanarese, 4 in Konkani, and 119 in 'other' (Waiz 1934: 408).
Known for his musical talent and linguistic skills, he mastered the Kanarese language of South India and wrote many Christian songs and his first two books in that language.