Definition of Kanarese in English:


(also Canarese)


  • 1A member of a people living mainly in Kanara, a district in south-western India.

    • ‘The great majority of Kanarese (85.9 percent) are Hindus, but 11.1 percent of the state's population is Muslim and 2.1 percent Christian.’
    • ‘These are Klings and not Kanarese, because the people of this province of Talimgo are more graceful.’
  • 2

    another term for Kannada
    • ‘The Dravidian languages have all and the same word for medicine and gunpowder; in Tamil marundu, in Telugu mandu, in Kanarese maddu, and in Malayalam, maruna.’
    • ‘Beside the descriptive grammar based on the inscriptions there are numerous historical and comparative sections in the book, tracing the history of Kanarese.’
    • ‘Beals only spoke Kanarese so it was difficult for him to stay in a village where another language was spoken.’


  • Relating to Kanara, its people, or their language.

    • ‘The society is committed to the promotion and publication of Kanarese literature.’
    • ‘I said above that the Kanarese alphabet is not quite suited to the Konkani language, because there are some sounds which cannot be expressed exactly by the Kanarese alphabet.’