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[kah-nuh-reez, -rees, kan-uh-]
adjective, noun, plural Ca·na·rese.
  1. Kanarese.
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or Ca·na·rese

[kah-nuh-reez, -rees, kan-uh-]
  1. of or relating to Kanara, a part of the Maharashtra province in W India.
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noun, plural Ka·na·rese.
  1. one of a Dravidian people living mainly in the state of Karnataka, in southwest India.
  2. Kannada.
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Origin of Kanarese

First recorded in 1830–40; Kanar(a) + -ese
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Examples from the Web for canarese

Historical Examples

  • The marriage rites are a blend of the Canarese and Telugu types.

    Castes and Tribes of Southern India

    Edgar Thurston

  • They speak a very corrupt form of Tamil, mixed with Canarese.

  • A large efflux to the Canarese and Tulu countries was the result.

  • Their words appear to be taken chiefly from Tamil, Telugu, and Canarese.

  • This word is the Canarese equivalent for a bull, an animal sacred to Siva.

British Dictionary definitions for canarese


noun, verb plural -rese
  1. a variant spelling of Kanarese
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  1. plural -rese a member of a people of S India living chiefly in Kanara
  2. the language of this people; Kannada
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