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

  • n. A member of a Dravidian people of southern India and northern Sri Lanka.
  • n. The Dravidian language of the Tamil.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Tamil or their language or culture.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Tamil people, culture, or language.
  • n. A person whose ethnic origins come from Tamil Nadu, India or Sri Lanka.
  • proper n. A Dravidian language spoken in the state of Tamil Nadu, India and in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the Tamils, or to their language.
  • n. One of a Dravidian race of men native of Northern Ceylon and Southern India.
  • n. The Tamil language, the most important of the Dravidian languages. See Dravidian, a.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One of a race of men inhabiting southern India and Ceylon, belonging to the Dravidian stock. The Tamils form the most civilized and energetic of the Dravidian peoples.
  • n. A language spoken in southern India and in parts of Ceylon. It is a member of the Dravidian or Tamilian family. See Dravidian.
  • n. Also Tamul, Tamulic.

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

  • adj. of or relating to a speaker of the Tamil language or the language itself
  • n. a member of the mixed Dravidian and Caucasian people of southern India and Sri Lanka
  • n. the Dravidian language spoken since prehistoric times by the Tamil in southern India and Sri Lanka


(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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