Definition of Tamil in English:



  • 1A member of a people inhabiting parts of South India and Sri Lanka.

    • ‘The use of the emergency laws will not be confined to Tamils.’
    • ‘The province is populated by the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims in roughly equal proportions.’
    • ‘The conflict in Sri Lanka today is not between the Sinhalese and the Tamils, but between the Government and a rebel group.’
    • ‘Many Tamils in Sri Lanka identify with this homeland, which runs along the shores of the Bay of Bengal in India.’
    • ‘Funds were raised for his defence not only in India but also by the Tamils in South Africa.’
    • ‘The Tamils live amid the continuous destruction caused by the war.’
    • ‘People have also complained of discrimination against Muslims and Tamils in Sri Lanka's eastern provinces.’
    • ‘The Sinhalese are mainly Buddhists while the Tamils are mostly Hindus.’
    • ‘In a country which has strong ties with India, these Tamils constitute the strongest link.’
    • ‘Meanwhile young Tamils were flocking to join the militant groups which were soon to benefit from military training in India on a massive scale.’
    • ‘He also berated the government for failing to prevent clashes last month between Tamils and Muslims in the country's east.’
    • ‘None of this is helped by the continuing ethnic conflict between the Sinhalese and the Tamils on the island.’
    • ‘The majority of Tamils live peacefully with other ethnic groups.’
    • ‘A few Tamils, living and working in different Arab countries, shared their views through the web.’
    • ‘I accept of course that the appellant and her family like many Tamils in the north of Sri Lanka have been affected by the conflict in Sri Lanka.’
    • ‘Afterward, Tamils accused the government of holding up emergency shipments to western areas that they control.’
    • ‘Sri Lanka's Tamils have fought for decades to establish a homeland.’
    • ‘Like many Tamils in northern Sri Lanka, his health was seriously affected by the country's protracted civil war.’
    • ‘A special feature of the campaign was to expose the discrimination against Tamils in Sri Lanka.’
    • ‘They have a very different language, and while the Sinhalas are mainly Buddhist, most Tamils come from a Hindu or Muslim background.’
  • 2mass noun The Dravidian language of the Tamils, at least 2,000 years old, spoken by about 68 million people.

    • ‘She speaks French, Spanish, Italian, English, Tamil, Telegu and Malayalam.’
    • ‘The software is available in Hindi and regional languages including Tamil.’
    • ‘‘But spoken Tamil and written Tamil are almost like two different languages,’ she laughs.’
    • ‘Apart from his mother tongue, Tamil, he is able to understand and speak English.’
    • ‘Seeing that I was an Indian she took it for granted that I spoke Tamil.’
    • ‘He is not a racialist, he can speak Tamil, and he knows the village scene and its characters well, and was not afraid to show his emotions.’
    • ‘Though he is not familiar with Tamil language, he loves speaking in Tamil.’
    • ‘We can speak and prepare documents in the local languages - Sinhala and Tamil.’
    • ‘Children come to learn the languages of their ancestry - Telegu, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi and Sanskrit.’
    • ‘In fact, one understands the literary value of Tamil only by learning more languages.’
    • ‘The thriller is also slated for release in at least two other languages - Tamil and Telugu.’
    • ‘Most Hindus in Malaysia speak Tamil, even if they are Gujarati or Telegu.’
    • ‘The actor says he is now able to speak in broken Tamil.’
    • ‘Radio stations rebroadcasted his Internet talks, and newspapers published his messages translated into Tamil.’
    • ‘The country's official languages are Sinhala and Tamil, but English is also spoken throughout Sri Lanka.’
    • ‘However, most of the concerts are performed in languages other than Tamil.’
    • ‘Immigrants from the states of southern India speak regional languages like Tamil, Telegu, or Malayalam.’
    • ‘For him the agreement comes at an ideal moment as he is handling dual language movies in Tamil and Hindi.’
    • ‘While its history is shrouded, it set the stage for an outpouring of medieval poetry in Tamil, a Dravidian language.’
    • ‘He abolished his predecessor's discrimination against the Tamils, for example by introducing Tamil as an official language next to Sinhalese.’


  • Relating to the Tamils or their language.

    • ‘A doyen of modern Tamil drama assures that teachers, by learning theatre art, can make academic activities enchanting.’
    • ‘He has come a long way in exploring Tamil culture.’
    • ‘All participants later took an oath to strive for the development of the Tamil language.’
    • ‘In spite of the restricted access to Tamil channels, the users were attracted by the additional facility of getting FM radio programmes.’
    • ‘For about five decades, he had been the uncrowned monarch of Tamil film music, working with all the leading music directors and lyricists.’
    • ‘Stating that the Confederation had adopted its own flag and Tamil anthem, he said there was a need for the Tamils across the world to rally behind it.’
    • ‘At the same time I wanted to show that Tamil films are not inferior to other language films in content and technical brilliance.’
    • ‘Since the topic cut across language barriers, the competition was split into English and Tamil categories.’
    • ‘To them she was known as ‘Amma,’ which means mother in the Tamil language.’
    • ‘These contests have been organised with a view to perpetuating the cultural consciousness of Tamil tradition and national heritage.’
    • ‘A few months ago, he organised a conference of Tamil scholars.’
    • ‘The discussion centred on characterisation in Tamil films.’
    • ‘He argues that even after learning the entire Tamil alphabet one will be unable to pronounce some words and letters, unique to Tamil language.’
    • ‘There is also some real good news for Tamil movie buffs.’
    • ‘Unanimous agreement from Tamil parties also was absent.’
    • ‘However, I consider myself to be Sinhalese, as I have no comprehension of the Tamil language or culture.’
    • ‘What about the current controversy over ‘erotic’ poetry by Tamil women poets?’
    • ‘Can you see this process leading to more moderate Tamil voices emerging in the political system, very briefly, if you will?’
    • ‘He is sad that there are no efforts to translate Tamil works into other languages.’
    • ‘At a time when classical music is turning its attention to the usage of original Tamil songs and lyrics, it is only natural for the world of dance to follow suit.’


The name in Tamil.