Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of a people constituting the majority of the population of Sri Lanka.
  • n. The Indic language of the Sinhalese that is the chief language of Sri Lanka.
  • adj. Of or relating to Sri Lanka, the Sinhalese, or their language or culture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the majority ethnic group of Sri Lanka, their Indo-Aryan language, or their culture.
  • n. A Sinhalese person: a member of the majority ethnic group of Sri Lanka.
  • proper n. The Indo-Aryan language of the Sinhalese people (the majority ethnic group of Sri Lanka).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as Cingalese.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the Indic language spoken by the people of Sri Lanka
  • n. a native or inhabitant of Sri Lanka
  • adj. of or relating to the Sinhalese people
  • adj. of or relating to the Sinhalese languages

Etymologies

Sanskrit Siṁhalam, Sri Lanka + -ese.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • The 38-year-old, who previously converted to Islam [and moved from Sri Lanka to Bahrain], was detained on March 20 after writing two books in Sinhalese, allegedly offensive to Lord Buddha.

    The Volokh Conspiracy » Prosecution for Insulting Religion — This Time, Buddhism

  • In Sri Lanka the distinction between Tamils and Sinhalese is barely noticeable to the visitor.

    The Perils of Partition

  • Sinhalese is the traditional language of Buddhism; therefore Sinhalese alone must be recognized as the national language.

    Threatened Christendom

  • The school of Buddhism now professed in Ceylon, Burma and Siam is often called Sinhalese and (provided it is not implied that its doctrines originated in Ceylon) the epithet is correct.

    Hinduism and Buddhism, An Historical Sketch, Vol. 3

  • Our lyrics are written in English, Sinhalese and Sanskrit which differ according to different historical themes we have chosen.

    Metal Underground .com

  • The gathering participated in the prayer vigil with hymns in English, Sinhalese and Tamil.

    Asian Tribune

  • As a result, like the Serbs in the former Yugoslavia, the Jews in Israel, and the Shiites in Iran, the Sinhalese are a demographic majority with a dangerous minority complex of persecution.

    Buddha’s Savage Peace

  • It was populated mostly by Buddhists called Sinhalese until Europeans took over.

    Jim Luce: In Sri Lanka: The Basics for Americans

  • More at therealnews. com Thousands of civilians caught between government and LTTE forces (Sri Lanka Pt2) R. Cheran says that the roots of the conflict go back to period after independence when the Sri Lankan state became a majoritarian state representing only the majority community, that is, the Sinhalese community,

    WN.com - Articles related to Government Moves on Media Ethics in Sri Lanka

  • The ground reality of the Sinhalese is the mindset consciously cultivated through indelible images of myth, in the course of history.

    TamilNet Newswire

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