Definition of Gond in English:


Pronunciation /ɡɒnd//ɡəʊnd/


  • 1A member of an indigenous people living in the hill forests of central India.

    • ‘The term Gond refers to tribal peoples who live all over India's Deccan Peninsula.’
  • 2mass noun The Dravidian language of the Gond, with several highly differentiated dialects and about 2 million speakers.

    • ‘Besides, he is developing a software which checks spelling consistency in Gondi.’
    • ‘The fledgling dialect of Gondi is perhaps the latest to make an entry into the world of music industry.’
    • ‘The word Ghusadi in Gondi means multi-coloured plume (ghu = colours, sadi = plume).’
    • ‘There are many major languages like Gondi, which is a tribal language and is not even written down, but is spoken by 4 million people.’
    • ‘Gond society is divided into four groups known as phratries or sagas in Gondi.’


  • Relating to the Gond or their language.

    • ‘The language offers a cultural connection between the many Gond groups.’
    • ‘This survey provides some evidence that the Gond and Bharia tribes of Patalkot valley use plants in various ailments.’
    • ‘But they also acted as unofficial legal advisers to the Gond tribals.’
    • ‘That villagers liked TV images was beyond doubt as was evident from what Devubai, a Gond woman, said.’
    • ‘Well, Ghusadi is a dance of Gond tribals of Adilabad.’


From Sanskrit goṇḍa.