Definition of Tibetan in English:



  • 1A native of Tibet or a person of Tibetan descent.

    • ‘The film highlights the identity crisis of young Tibetans, their aspirations and their love for their nation.’
    • ‘Such Indian hospitality, however modest, has greatly helped the Tibetans.’
    • ‘From this time, the Tibetans evolved a distinct but simple civilization founded on the idea of the interdependence of man and nature.’
    • ‘Although some scholars doubt the historicity of this debate, it epitomizes the rejection of Chinese forms of Buddhism by the Tibetans.’
    • ‘Minorities most often cited are Tibetans and Uygurs, a Muslim group from northwestern China.’
    • ‘The Tibetans produced a dog slightly modified from the Chinese dog of a similar ancestry which was the Lhasa Apso.’
    • ‘It tells the story of a traditional trek across the Himalayas by Tibetans, looking to trade salt for grain.’
    • ‘The Tibetans will continue to infuse American science with a Buddhist component.’
    • ‘He is one of a small group of elite Tibetans who joined the Communist Party early and have been carefully groomed for power.’
    • ‘From the beginning of the ninth century AD, the region was settled by Tibetans migrating south.’
    • ‘The nonchalant attitudes of these cadres and disrespect toward the Tibetans and their religion has been highly damaging.’
    • ‘Thousands of local Qinghai Mongolians and Tibetans were mobilized to participate in the task.’
    • ‘At current rates of inward migration, native Tibetans will soon become a minority.’
    • ‘And of course the yak is as indispensable to the Ladakhis as it is to the Tibetans.’
  • 2mass noun The Sino-Tibetan language of Tibet, spoken by about 4 million people in Tibet and in neighbouring areas of China, India, and Nepal.

    • ‘Important documents are translated into major minority tongues and four of them - Tibetan, Mongolian, Uighur and Zhuang - appear on Chinese bank notes.’
    • ‘In fact, the revised version was so popular that it was translated into Tibetan, Arabic, English and many other Indian languages.’
    • ‘The name translates from Tibetan as ‘five treasures of the great snow’, relating to the mountain's quintet of perilous peaks.’
    • ‘The second was a lady who taught others to speak Tibetan.’
    • ‘He says something in Tibetan to his assistant who writes a prescription and the exam is over.’
    • ‘To illustrate but one benefit of being educated in India, Tibetans brought up there speak fluent Tibetan - a privilege non-existent to those born elsewhere.’
    • ‘Why call something by some Tibetan or Sanskrit or whatever name when you have a perfectly good English phrase to use?’
    • ‘In part, that's because the tale is long, complex and research requires knowledge of Tibetan, not an easy language to master.’
    • ‘I like to speak in Tibetan, but prefer to write in English, I like to sing in Hindi but my tune and accent are all wrong.’
    • ‘The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, a dialect of Tibetan.’
    • ‘He was also an accomplished linguist speaking nine foreign languages including Chinese and Tibetan.’
    • ‘Mine was translated into Tibetan and His Holiness liked it so much that he said that he wanted to meet me and discuss things.’
    • ‘He speaks and reads Chinese and Tibetan and knows more about the fantastical, complex history of the various forms of Himalayan Buddhism than anyone I've ever met.’
    • ‘Nepali is the official language, but Rai and Tibetan are also spoken.’
    • ‘A copy in the original Sanskrit is extant as well as a translation in Tibetan.’
    • ‘Suddenly, one of his entourage - dormant until now - leaps up and speaks quickly to the Dalai Lama in Tibetan.’
    • ‘Written in Tibetan and English, this striking, culturally rich tale is dedicated to Tibetans born in exile.’
    • ‘Tibetan communities made efforts to teach more subject courses in Tibetan in primary and secondary schools.’
    • ‘The language of the Sherpas, called Sherpa or Sherpali, is a dialect of Tibetan, although it has borrowed heavily from neighboring languages.’
    • ‘Most of the words in the texts are literary Tibetan, which many of them don't know.’


  • Relating to Tibet, its people, or its language.

    • ‘Rich in texture, colour and clarity, images of laughing Tibetan monks and prostrate beggars bring you directly into the lives of his subjects and have you almost living along with them.’
    • ‘You've probably heard of Tibetan prayer wheels.’
    • ‘I disagree with Jonathan Mirsky's review of the book on lost Tibetan architecture.’
    • ‘Then on Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20, there will be a full program of Tibetan culture, meditation, sand mandalas and activities for the kids.’
    • ‘To the disappointment of many, Montreal, the unofficial capital of Canada's expat Tibetan population, isn't on the Dalai Lama's itinerary.’
    • ‘To finish off, warm your hands around a cup of sweet Tibetan tea, infinitely more palatable than the thick and greasy butter tea.’
    • ‘Among the displays are the currency of smallest value - 14,000 new roubles, which is equal to one rupee - and Tibetan currency made out of tree bark.’
    • ‘We'll spend the hour and most of it with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, who in 1989 received the Nobel prize.’
    • ‘Red limestone cliffs front the sapphire-blue surface of Lake Nam Tsho, where Tibetan pilgrims gather at a shoreline dotted with migratory cranes and geese.’
    • ‘Particularly within the different Zen and Tibetan traditions practiced in America, costs are exorbitant for things like retreats or even membership.’
    • ‘She has worked with Tibetan refugees since 1988 when she taught English in Dharamsala in Northern India, and travels frequently both to the monastery and to other parts of India.’
    • ‘The sacred dhami priests of Nepal channel the local Tibetan and Nepalese Gods to serve their communities’
    • ‘Himalaya, a new film by author, documentarian, and National Geographic photographer Eric Valli, is finally a feature that delicately captures raw Tibetan culture.’
    • ‘Despite all the sad stories told in this movie, the real beauty of the documentary lies within its depiction of the rich culture of Tibetan people, a culture based upon the teachings of Buddhism.’
    • ‘For centuries Tibetan Buddhists had treasured the legend of Shambhala, a hidden sanctuary holding Buddhism's most secret teachings.’
    • ‘She slowly learned the Tibetan language, and gained the physical strength and stamina needed for the intensely hard work of milking, churning butter, making dung cakes, fetching water.’
    • ‘So I formally turned back my vows, which is allowed in Tibetan culture.’