Dravidian

[ druh-vid-ee-uhn ]
/ drəˈvɪd i ən /

noun

a family of languages, wholly distinct from Indo-European, spoken mostly in southern India and Sri Lanka and including Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam, and, in Pakistan, Brahui.
a member of the aboriginal population occupying much of southern India and parts of Sri Lanka.

adjective

Also Dra·vid·ic. of or relating to this people or their language.

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Origin of Dravidian

First recorded in 1855–60; from Sanskrit Draviḍ(a) the proper name of an ethnic group + -ian

OTHER WORDS FROM Dravidian

pre-Dra·vid·i·an, adjectivepre-Dra·vid·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Dravidian

Dravidian
/ (drəˈvɪdɪən) /

noun

a family of languages spoken in S and central India and Sri Lanka, including Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, and Gondi
a member of one of the aboriginal races of India, pushed south by the Indo-Europeans and now mixed with them

adjective

denoting, belonging to, or relating to this family of languages or these peoples
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