Origin of Sinhalese; from Sanskrit Si?hala, Sri Lanka + -ese
- pl. -·lese′ a member of the principal people of Sri Lanka
- the Indo-Aryan language of this people
nounpl. Sinhalese or Singhalese
- A member of a people constituting the majority of the population of Sri Lanka.
- The Indic language of the Sinhalese that is the chief language of Sri Lanka.
Origin of SinhaleseSanskrit Si&mdot;halam, Sri Lanka + –ese.