Definition of Konkani in English:

Konkani

noun

  • [mass noun] An Indic language that is the main language of Goa and adjacent parts of Maharashtra, with about 5 million speakers.

    Also called Goan
    • ‘He had steeled himself for a conversation in English and was delighted when I broke into Portuguese and Konkani.’
    • ‘Growing up on the West Coast, Shivarama Karanth most likely heard, and spoke, as much Tulu and Konkani as he did Kannada.’
    • ‘It is a pleasant amalgam of Persian, Arabic, Marathi, and Hindustani with Konkani as its base.’
    • ‘Knowledge of Portuguese was made compulsory and the language of the people, Konkani, was banned from the school curriculum.’
    • ‘When we tell them why, they nod good-naturedly and talk to the rest, and laugh gently at Katherine's weak attempts at Konkani.’

adjective

  • Relating to Konkani.

    • ‘Would one coin a decipherable Konkani equivalent for a medical term as simple as sinusitis?’
    • ‘He has translated a few Konkani works into Malayalam.’
    • ‘The award is being given every year to four Konkani speaking people who have made a name for themselves in their fields of activity.’
    • ‘The first Konkani book to be translated into English, The Upheaval deals with the collapse of an agrarian society that lived by myths and unspoken rules.’
    • ‘It also has in its list the first Konkani novel to be translated into English: The Upheaval by Pundalik N. Naik (translated by Vidya Pai).’

Origin

From Marathi and Hindi koṅkaṇī, from Sanskrit koṅkaṇa Konkan (a coastal region of western India).

Pronunciation:

Konkani

/ˈkəʊŋkəni/