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[si-lon, sey-]
  1. former name of Sri Lanka.
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Related formspro-Cey·lon, adjective
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Historical Examples of ceylon

  • Still, Eirek's Paradise may not improbably have been Ceylon.


    Benjamin Taylor

  • When you go to Ceylon, do not neglect to write often to mother.

  • If you care for geology, there is work for you from the Himalayas to Ceylon.

  • I was much interested in all I saw during my travels in Ceylon.

  • From these friends I heard much about the spiritual state of Ceylon.

British Dictionary definitions for ceylon


  1. the former name (until 1972) of Sri Lanka
  2. an island in the Indian Ocean, off the SE coast of India: consists politically of the republic of Sri Lanka. Area: 64 644 sq km (24 959 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for ceylon


Portuguese form of Sri Lanka (q.v.). Related: Ceylonese.

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ceylon in Culture


Former name for the nation now called Sri Lanka.

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