Definition of Kannada in English:



  • [mass noun] A Dravidian language related to Telugu and using a similar script, spoken by about 43 million people, mainly in Karnataka in SW India.

    Also called kanarese
    • ‘The main languages of the South are: Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Tulu and Malayalam.’
    • ‘Gondi belongs to the Dravidian family of languages and is related to Tamil and Kannada.’
    • ‘I have been doing films in Hindi, English, Malayalam, Telugu, Tamil and Kannada.’
    • ‘She is fluent in Malayalam, Kannada, Telugu and Hindi, apart from Tamil and English.’
    • ‘Although Dilip is not able to speak in Kannada, he can read and write in the language well enough.’
    • ‘Telugu and Kannada had several similarities and their scripts were almost the same, but for some minor differences.’
    • ‘The same is also true of Kannada, a sister Dravidian language, and to some extent of Arabic.’
    • ‘Among Indian readers, the largest number of responses came from readers whose first languages were Tamil, Malayalam, Telugu or Kannada.’
    • ‘Anand sings bhajans and other devotional songs in Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Hindi.’
    • ‘Currently it provides word processing in Hindi and Kannada; other Indian languages are being added.’


  • Relating to Kannada and its speakers.

    • ‘The ‘big’ cinemas in Majestic, over which the resurgent Kannada film industry fought relentless battles, remained.’
    • ‘Mr. Banwasi describes his grandfather as a freedom fighter and a ‘living legend of Kannada folklore.’’
    • ‘These were some of the examples quoted by speakers during a debate on marital relations on a Kannada channel on Wednesday on the occasion of Ugadi.’
    • ‘Shivaraj Kumar, eldest son of the Kannada thespian, Rajkumar, took to acting soon after he completed his B. Sc. from Madras University.’
    • ‘Here it was Ravi Belegere of ‘Hai Bangalore’, a Kannada tabloid, who offered him an opportunity to draw illustrations.’


The name in Kannada.