[ si-lon, sey- ]
/ sɪˈlɒn, seɪ- /


former name of Sri Lanka.

Related formspro-Cey·lon, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for ceylon


/ (sɪˈlɒn) /


the former name (until 1972) of Sri Lanka
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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Culture definitions for ceylon


Former name for the nation now called Sri Lanka.

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