[ dih-vey-hee ]

  1. an Indic language that is the official language of the Maldives and is also spoken on Minicoy Island.

  2. a member of the ethnic group speaking Dhivehi and residing mainly in the Maldives.

  1. of or relating to the Dhivehi or their language.

Origin of Dhivehi

First recorded in 1885–90; from Dhivehi Dhivehi, Divehi, a self-designation perhaps meaning “(language of) island dwellers”; possibly from Sanskrit dvipa “island” and vāsin “dweller, inhabitant”
  • Also Di·ve·hi; Mal·div·i·an [mawl-div-ee-uhn, mal‐] /mɔlˈdɪv i ən, mæl‐/ .

Words Nearby Dhivehi

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