Definition of Telugu in English:

Telugu

(also Telegu)

noun

  • 1A member of a people forming the majority population of the south Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.

    • ‘Despite being a Telugu, she says her most satisfying numbers came in other languages like Tamil and Malayalam.’
    • ‘This is a small effort to remind Telugus about their rich traditions that are on the wane.’
    • ‘The ethos and cultures of Tamilians and Telugus are as different as chalk and cheese.’
    • ‘Kannadigas, Telugus, Tamils have all settled down here and contributed their own culture to mingle with the local culture to create a truly Bangalorean ethos.’
    • ‘A 110 years later, the play still has the Telugus captivated.’
  • 2[mass noun] The Dravidian language of the Telugu, with about 72 million speakers.

    • ‘The Research Centre will soon come out with similar Internet search engines for Hindi, Malayalam, Telugu and Kannada languages, he said.’
    • ‘The thriller is also slated for release in at least two other languages - Tamil and Telugu.’
    • ‘A versatile linguist, he has acted in every major regional language including Gujarati, Hindi, Marathi and Telegu.’
    • ‘As many as 150 students have started to read, write and speak in Telugu.’
    • ‘The film is originally in Mandarin but has been dubbed in Hindi and Telugu for its India release.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Telugu or their language.

    • ‘Eating is my passion and I am used to the best of Malayali, Telugu and North Indian food.’
    • ‘Most Hindus in Malaysia speak Tamil, even if they are Gujarati or Telegu.’
    • ‘Because, rarely would one have the pleasant opportunity of having two lovely actresses from Telugu film world knocking their doors and wanting to spend some time with their families.’
    • ‘An official Website will also be launched containing about 2,000 pages with information ranging from the history of the language to Telugu software.’
    • ‘These books will be available in English and the publishers have plans of bringing these comics in Bengali, Hindi, Malayalam, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu languages too.’

Origin

From the name in Telugu, teluṅgu.

Pronunciation:

Telugu

/ˈtɛləɡuː/