[ sin-huh-leez, -lees ]
/ ˌsɪn həˈliz, -ˈlis /


of or relating to Sri Lanka, its native people, or their language.

noun, plural Sin·ha·lese for 2.

a member of the Sinhalese people.
an Indic language that is the language of the majority of the population of Sri Lanka, including Colombo. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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Singhalese or Sinhala

/ (ˌsɪnhəˈliːz) /


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
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