• synonyms


[see-luh-neez, -nees, sey-]
  1. of or relating to Ceylon (now Sri Lanka), its people, or their language.
Show More
noun, plural Cey·lon·ese.
  1. a native or inhabitant of Ceylon.
Show More

Origin of Ceylonese

First recorded in 1790–1800; Ceylon + -ese
Related formspro-Cey·lo·nese, adjective, noun, plural pro-Cey·lo·nese.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for ceylonese

Historical Examples of ceylonese

  • Entire packs of Ceylonese species will, at the slightest alarm, become invisible by crouching on a palm-tree.

    The Human Side of Animals

    Royal Dixon

  • For the Ceylonese legend is this, that once in every hundred years an angel visits this granite pillar.

  • The Laplander clothes his body in warm furs, the Ceylonese in a scanty vesture of thin cotton.

  • Ceratophora and Lyriocephalus scutatus, the latter remarkable for its chameleon-like appearance, are Ceylonese.

  • But strange indeed, where every thing seems strange, is the arrangement of this Ceylonese territory and people.

British Dictionary definitions for ceylonese


  1. of or relating to Ceylon or its inhabitants
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012