an island republic in the Indian Ocean, south of India: a member of the Commonwealth of Nations. 25,332 sq. mi. (65,610 sq. km). Capital: Colombo.
- Formerly Cey·lon [si-lon, sey-] /sɪˈlɒn, seɪ-/ .
- Arabic Ser·en·dip [ser-uhn-dip], /ˌsɛr ənˈdɪp/, Ser·en·dib [ser-uhn-deeb] /ˌsɛr ənˈdib/ .
- Sri Lankan, adjective, noun
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How to use Sri Lanka in a sentence
Activists and dissidents have died in Myanmar, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, India and Pakistan in part because of Facebook’s inaction.Facebook's "Oversight Board" Is a Sham. The Answer to the Capitol Riot Is Regulating Social Media | Maria Ressa | January 28, 2021 | Time
In its bankruptcy filing, Lucky Brand said it owes nearly $5 million to mall operator Simon Property Group, and millions more to suppliers in Anguilla, Sri Lanka, Guatemala and India.Pandemic bankruptcies: A running list of retailers that have filed for Chapter 11 | Abha Bhattarai | December 4, 2020 | Washington Post
Pieces include a cabinet from Sri Lanka and a Buddha from Myanmar, both from the 19th century.No travel plans? Try three new books about the nexus of travel and design. | Rebecca Powers | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
Hate speech has also figured prominently in the recent rhetoric of political leaders in a variety of countries including Russia, Colombia, Israel, Egypt, Ukraine, the Philippines, Italy, Greece, Sri Lanka and Iraq.When Politicians Use Hate Speech, Political Violence Increases | LGBTQ-Editor | September 29, 2020 | No Straight News
In 2019, Amara Majeed, a Brown University student, was falsely identified by facial recognition as a suspect in a terrorist bombing in Sri Lanka.
Prince Charles spent over £400,000 on a trip to Sri Lanka, then a tour of India.Prince Harry Should Be King: The Royal Family’s Ace Card | Tim Teeman | June 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the message belies the squalid reality of Sri Lanka under his rule.
Sri Lanka,” she said, “is a country where critical voices are quite often attacked or even permanently silenced.
Yet, far from nudging Rajapaksa toward greater accountability, their presence in Sri Lanka is likely only to abet his rise.
M.I.A. cited her experiences living in Sri Lanka during its brutal 25-year civil war as her inspiration for the video.Robin Thicke, Madonna & More of Music’s Most Scandalous Videos | Victoria Kezra | July 18, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
British Dictionary definitions for Sri Lanka
a republic in S Asia, occupying the island of Ceylon: settled by the Sinhalese from S India in about 550 bc; became a British colony 1802; gained independence in 1948, becoming a republic within the Commonwealth in 1972. Exports include tea, cocoa, cinnamon, and copra. Official languages: Sinhalese and Tamil; English is also widely spoken. Religion: Hinayana Buddhist majority. Currency: Sri Lanka rupee. Capital: Colombo (administrative), Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte (legislative). Parts of the coast suffered badly in the Indian Ocean tsunami of December 2004. Pop: 21 675 648 (2013 est). Area: 65 610 sq km (25 332 sq miles): Official name (since 1978): Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka Former name (until 1972): Ceylon
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Cultural definitions for Sri Lanka
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