- of or relating to Sri Lanka, its native people, or their language.
- a member of the Sinhalese people.
- an Indic language that is the language of the majority of the population of Sri Lanka, including Colombo.
Examples from the Web for sinhalese
Prabhakaran had come to personify the movement, and his end, so wretched, became the emblem of Tamil defeat and Sinhalese triumph.Mahinda Rajapaksa and Sri Lanka’s Reign of Terror
November 15, 2013
“Our country is a Sinhalese one and we are its unofficial police,” one monk announced.
There are many Sinhalese Buddhists who are mortified by the turn their country has taken under the Rajapaksas.
Just as the Tooth was considered to be the palladium of Sinhalese kings.
The Sinhalese, unlike the Hindus, had no native propensity to speculation.Hinduism and Buddhism, Vol I. (of 3)
Sinhalese and Burmese traditions also credit him with the despatch of missionaries who converted Suvarṇabhûmi or Pegu.
Such Sinhalese kings as had the power protected the Church and erected magnificent buildings for its service.
The Sinhalese tradition agrees on the whole with the data supplied by Indian inscriptions and Chinese pilgrims.
Singhalese or Sinhala
- plural -leses or -lese a member of a people living chiefly in Sri Lanka, where they constitute the majority of the population
- the language of this people, belonging to the Indic branch of the Indo-European family: the official language of Sri Lanka. It is written in a script of Indian origin
- of or relating to this people or their language
Word Origin and History for sinhalese
also Singhalese, "pertaining to Sri Lanka," 1797, from Sanskrit Sinhala "Sri Lanka, Ceylon," from simhala-, literally "of lions," from simhah "lion." As the name of a language spoken there, it is attested from 1801.