Definition of Palaung in English:


nounPlural Palaungs

  • 1A member of an indigenous people of the northern Shan states of Burma (Myanmar).

    • ‘The Allies supported Burmese guerrillas (largely composed of Kachins, Karens, Shans, Chins, Lushais, and Palaungs), who were able to wreak havoc behind Japanese lines.’
    • ‘There are also significant numbers of Chin, Kachin, Kayah, Pao, Palaung, Lahu, Wa, and Rohingya.’
    • ‘Many Palaung traditionally lived in multiple-family houses.’
    • ‘Today, these structures are very rare, and most Palaung live in single-family houses.’
    • ‘There are several settlements of Palaung near the Burmese border and several communities of Khmu, Phai, Mal, and Mlabri.’
  • 2mass noun The Mon-Khmer language of the Palaung.

    • ‘Palaung and Wa closely correspond with Khasi.’
    • ‘Palaung is a language spoken by about 150000 people in the Shan States of Burma.’


  • Relating to the Palaung or their language.

    • ‘The organization increases international and community knowledge of the Palaung people, their history and cultures.’
    • ‘The Khasis have a unique linguistic family which is strictly connected with the Palaung Wa dialects spoken by the tribes.’


The name in Palaung.