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  1. an Indic language spoken in Odisha, in eastern India.
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Origin of Oriya

First recorded in 1795–1805
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Historical Examples

  • The funeral pyre is generally prepared by an Oriya washerman.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • Oriya or Oodra is the language of the districts of Ganjam and Orissa.

  • This is woven from the fibre of the ringa (Oriya sītkodai gotsho).

  • Their language is Halba, which is easily understood by those who speak Oriya.

  • Just then an Oriya servant of the Muslim had visited Katak in disguise.

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings

    Krishna das Kaviraja

British Dictionary definitions for oriya


noun plural -ya
  1. a former name for Odia
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