Definition of Malayalam in English:

Malayalam

noun

mass noun
  • A Dravidian language spoken mainly in the southern Indian state of Kerala, closely related to Tamil.

    • ‘A few others immediately countered this and demanded that she should speak in Malayalam instead.’
    • ‘Indeed they continue to speak chaste Malayalam despite their long stay in Israel.’
    • ‘Despite being a Telugu, she says her most satisfying numbers came in other languages like Tamil and Malayalam.’
    • ‘She will render a selection of her hits in Malayalam, Tamil and Hindi.’
    • ‘Rao can speak Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada and Hindi with relative ease.’

adjective

  • Relating to Malayalam.

Origin

Early 19th century: from Malayalam, from mala (Tamil malai) ‘mountain’ + āḷ ‘man’.

Pronunciation

Malayalam

/ˌmaləˈjɑːləm/