One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
noun & adjective
- archaic spelling of Sinhalese
- ‘I knew but very little of the Cingalese language.’
- ‘A British visitor in the late eighteenth century says, ‘The Cingalese neither keep their women in confinement nor impose on them any humiliating constraints.’’
- ‘His early education was in Cingalese, his mother-tongue, but he was later educated in English and attended an English College.’
Late 16th century: from French Cinghalais, from Sanskrit Siṃhala ‘Sri Lanka’ + -ese.
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