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[ mal-uh-yah-luh m ]
/ ˌmæl əˈyɑ ləm /


a Dravidian language spoken in extreme southwestern India. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for malayalam

  • I know of no complete record of the terminology of the fourth chief language of South India, Malayalam.

    Kinship and Social Organisation|W. H. R. Rivers
  • In 1901 the total number of speakers of Malayalam in all India was just about six millions.

British Dictionary definitions for malayalam



/ (ˌmælɪˈɑːləm) /


a language of SW India, belonging to the Dravidian family and closely related to Tamil: the state language of Kerala
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

Word Origin and History for malayalam


1837, Dravidian language of Malabar, from Dravidian Malayali, from mala "mountain" + al "possess."

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