from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Sinhalese.
- n. The Sinhalese language.
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- proper n. The indigenous language of the majourity people of Sri Lanka.
- proper n. An ancient name for the island of Sri Lanka.
- proper n. The kingdom in the island of Sri Lanka mentioned in the Mahabharata.
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- n. the Indic language spoken by the people of Sri Lanka
- adj. of or relating to the Sinhalese languages
Sinhala Sin̥hala, from Sanskrit siṁhalaḥ, Sri Lanka, from siṁhaḥ, lion (perhaps from the former presence of lions there).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Sanskrit सिंहल (siṃhala), from सिंह (siṃhá, "lion") + suffix -la that is speculatively connected to Sanskrit verbal root √lā ("to seize") and thus the phrase would originally mean "lion-seizer" or "lion-killer", or it could be connected to Sanskrit लोह (lohá, "blood") which would then render the phrase as "lion blood". The only thing that can with certainty be said is that this word is somehow connected with the term for lion. (Wiktionary)