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Colombo

[kuh-luhm-boh]
noun
  1. a seaport in and the capital of Sri Lanka, on the W coast.
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Sri Lanka

[sree lahng-kuh, lang-kuh, shree]
noun
  1. an island republic in the Indian Ocean, S of India: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 25,332 sq. mi. (65,610 sq. km). Capital: Colombo.
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Formerly Ceylon.Arabic Serendip.
Related formsSri Lankan, adjective, noun
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  • Colombo seems to be progressing, and to have benefited greatly by the railway.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • Colombo seems to have grown and improved since we were here ten years ago.

    The Last Voyage

    Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey

  • The carts in Colombo are drawn by bullocks, and they have a very hard time of it.

  • The heat in Colombo is very great, and the roads are very dusty.

  • Colombo was a born fighter, and this news did not frighten him.

    Historic Boyhoods

    Rupert Sargent Holland


British Dictionary definitions for colombo

Colombo

noun
  1. the capital and chief port of Sri Lanka, on the W coast, with one of the largest artificial harbours in the world. Pop: 653 000 (2005 est)
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Sri Lanka

noun
  1. a republic in S Asia, occupying the island of Ceylon: settled by the Sinhalese from S India in about 550 bc; became a British colony 1802; gained independence in 1948, becoming a republic within the Commonwealth in 1972. Exports include tea, cocoa, cinnamon, and copra. Official languages: Sinhalese and Tamil; English is also widely spoken. Religion: Hinayana Buddhist majority. Currency: Sri Lanka rupee. Capital: Colombo (administrative), Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (legislative). Parts of the coast suffered badly in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Pop: 21 675 648 (2013 est). Area: 65 610 sq km (25 332 sq miles)Official name (since 1978): Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Former name (until 1972): Ceylon
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Word Origin and History for colombo

Sri Lanka

large island southeast of India (known in English until 1972 as Ceylon), from Lanka, older name for the island and its chief city + Sanskrit sri "beauty" (especially of divinities, kings, heroes, etc.), also an honorific prefix to proper names, from PIE root *kreie- "to be outstanding, brilliant, masterly, beautiful" (cf. Greek kreon "lord, master").

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

colombo in Culture

Sri Lanka

[(sree lahng-kuh)]

Formerly Ceylon, now an island republic in the Indian Ocean just southeast of India.

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Note

A British colony since 1796, the island became independent in 1948.

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Marked by hostility between its Buddhist Sinhalese majority and Hindu Tamil minority (see Buddhism and Hinduism).
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