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Bengali

[ben-gaw-lee, -gah-, beng-]
noun
  1. a native or an inhabitant of Bengal; Bengalese.
  2. an Indic language spoken in E India and Bangladesh.
  3. Bengalee.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Bengal, its inhabitants, or their language; Bengalese.
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Bengalee

or Ben·ga·li

[ben-gaw-lee, -gah-, beng-]
noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Bangladesh.
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Examples from the Web for bengali

Contemporary Examples of bengali

Historical Examples of bengali

  • I called to the Bengali dispenser, and hastened away from the room.

    The Shadow-Line

    Joseph Conrad

  • Then came Bankim's Bangadarsan, taking the Bengali heart by storm.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • Nevertheless my elder brothers had always cultivated Bengali literature.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • In Bengali this word has come to mean an informal uninvited gathering.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • Nothing like this happens, however, when the Bengali boy is taught in English.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore


British Dictionary definitions for bengali

Bengali

noun
  1. a member of a people living chiefly in Bangladesh and in West Bengal. The West Bengalis are mainly Hindus; the East Bengalis of Bangladesh are mainly Muslims
  2. Also called: Bangla the language of this people: the official language of Bangladesh and the chief language of West Bengal; it belongs to the Indic branch of the Indo-European family
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Bengal, the Bengalis, or their language
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