Definition of pansala in English:

pansala

noun

  • In Sri Lanka: the dwelling or hermitage of a Buddhist monk; the living-quarters of a Buddhist monastery. Also: the monastery itself; that part of a Buddhist temple complex that is for the monks.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Davy (1790–1868), physiologist and anatomist. From Sinhala pansala from Pali paṇṇasālā ascetic's hut from Sanskrit parṇaśālā forest shelter from parṇa leaf + śālā dwelling.

Pronunciation

pansala

/ˈpansələ/