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Sin·ha·lese(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.]
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
Sin•ha•lese(ˌsɪn həˈliz, -ˈlis)
n., pl. -lese.
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.adj.
3. of or pertaining to Sinhalese.
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|Noun||1.||Sinhalese - 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
|2.||Sinhalese - the Indic language spoken by the people of Sri Lanka|
|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"|