- 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.
- Also Dra·vid·ic. of or relating to this people or their language.
Origin of Dravidian
Examples from the Web for dravidian
Historical Examples of dravidian
In many ways like this, the Aryan and the Dravidian united to form the Hindu.
Tanjore and Madura are the seats of the Dravidian temples which we visited.
It has been usual to set these down as earlier than Dravidian.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
They are undoubtedly a mixed Dravidian race, with much Aryan blood.
It proceeded from a hideous worship of monstrous Dravidian divinities.Needlework As Art
- 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
- denoting, belonging to, or relating to this family of languages or these peoples
Word Origin and History for dravidian
1856, "pertaining to the race in southern India or the languages spoken by them," from Sanskrit Dravidah, name of a region in southern India, + -ian.