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n. pl. Sinhala or Sin·ha·las
1. A Sinhalese.
2. The Sinhalese language.

[Sinhala Sin̥hala, from Sanskrit siṁhalaḥ, Sri Lanka, from siṁhaḥ, lion (perhaps from the former presence of lions there).]
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(ˌsɪn həˈliz, -ˈlis)

n., pl. -lese.
adj. n.
1. a member of an Indo-Aryan-speaking, chiefly Buddhist people comprising the majority of the inhabitants of Sri Lanka.
2. the Indo-Aryan language of the Sinhalese.
3. of or pertaining to Sinhalese.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sinhala - the Indic language spoken by the people of Sri Lanka
Sanskrit, Sanskritic language - (Hinduism) an ancient language of India (the language of the Vedas and of Hinduism); an official language of India although it is now used only for religious purposes
Adj.1.Sinhala - of or relating to the Sinhalese languages; "the Sinhalese versions of the Ramayana"
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