Definition of Sri Lanka in English:

Sri Lanka

proper noun

  • An island country off the south-eastern coast of India; population 20,700,000 (estimated 2015); languages, Sinhalese (official), Tamil; capital, Colombo.

    Former name (until 1972) Ceylon

The island was ruled by a strong native dynasty from the 12th century but was successively dominated by the Portuguese, Dutch, and British from the 16th century and finally annexed by the British in 1815. A Commonwealth state from 1948, the country became an independent republic in 1972. Since 1981 there has been fighting between government forces and Tamil separatist guerrillas

Pronunciation

Sri Lanka

/srɪ ˈlaŋkə//ʃrɪ/