Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Dravidian language spoken in the state of Kerala on the Malabar Coast of southwest India.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Dravidian language spoken in the states of Kerala and Lakshadweep, India.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. The name given to one the cultivated Dravidian languages, closely related to the Tamil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The language of Malabar, in southwestern India: it is a Dravidian dialect.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a Dravidian language (closely related to Tamil) that is spoken in southwestern India

Etymologies

From Malayalam മലയാളം (malayāḷam), from മല (mala, "hill, mountain") + അളം (alam, "place"). (Wiktionary)

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