Definition of Cingalese in English:

Cingalese

adjective & noun

  • archaic spelling of Sinhalese
    • ‘His early education was in Cingalese, his mother-tongue, but he was later educated in English and attended an English College.’
    • ‘A British visitor in the late eighteenth century says, ‘The Cingalese neither keep their women in confinement nor impose on them any humiliating constraints.’’
    • ‘I knew but very little of the Cingalese language.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from French Cinghalais, from Sanskrit Siṃhala ‘Sri Lanka’ + -ese.

Pronunciation

Cingalese

/ˌsɪŋɡəˈliːz/