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 (sĭn′hə-lēz′, -lēs′) also Sing·ha·lese (sĭng′gə-lēz′, -lēs′)
n. pl. Sinhalese or Singhalese
1. A member of a people constituting the majority of the population of Sri Lanka.
2. The Indic language of the Sinhalese that is the chief language of Sri Lanka.
Of or relating to Sri Lanka, the Sinhalese, or their language or culture.

[Sanskrit Siṁhalam, Sri Lanka + -ese.]


(ˌsɪnhəˈliːz) ,




npl -leses or -lese
1. (Peoples) a member of a people living chiefly in Sri Lanka, where they constitute the majority of the population
2. (Languages) the language of this people, belonging to the Indic branch of the Indo-European family: the official language of Sri Lanka. It is written in a script of Indian origin
3. (Peoples) of or relating to this people or their language
4. (Languages) of or relating to this people or their language


(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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Sinhalese - a native or inhabitant of Sri LankaSinhalese - a native or inhabitant of Sri Lanka
Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka, Ceylon - a republic on the island of Ceylon; became independent of the United Kingdom in 1948
Asian, Asiatic - a native or inhabitant of Asia
2.Sinhalese - 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.Sinhalese - of or relating to the Sinhalese languages; "the Sinhalese versions of the Ramayana"
2.Sinhalese - of or relating to the Sinhalese people; "Sinhalese rebels fighting the Tamils"


[ˌsɪnhəˈliːz] Singhalese [ˌsɪŋəˈliːz] adjcingalais(e)


[ˌsɪnhəˈliːz] adj & nsingalese (m/f)
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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Pope Francis pressed his call for Sri Lankan reconciliation Wednesday by canonizing the country's first saint as a model for national unity and visiting the war-ravaged north to pray at a shrine revered by both Sinhalese and Tamil faithful.
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The authorities have yet to give precise details of her offence, but it is understood two of her recently published books allegedly offended ethnic Sinhalese Buddhists, who account for more than 70 per cent of Sri Lanka's 20 million population.
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Now is the time for the government to engage the Tamils, Sinhalese and other Sri Lankans to create a political arrangement that promotes and protects the rights of all Sri Lankans,'' the spokesman said.
Good riddance, for they were brutal extremists who killed their own Tamil people to enforce unquestioning obedience, just as readily as their suicide bombers killed the majority Sinhalese population.
Its main ethnic populations are the Buddhist Sinhalese majority (74%), Hindu Tamils (8%) and Muslims (7%).
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Police said the victims were primarily ethnic Sinhalese.
The church has a responsibility, he said, because Christians come from both the Tamil and Sinhalese peoples.