Definition of Assamese in US English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of Assam in northeastern India.

    • ‘This common grievance among the Assamese people is one of the main reasons for appearance of secessionist rebel activities among the otherwise peaceful Assamese.’
    • ‘The Nepalese account for another 35 percent, while the Assamese make up 15 percent of the country's inhabitants.’
    • ‘This is significant because the Bodos are the largest plains tribal group, known for their opposition to the Assamese, a feeling born out of bitterness at economic and political neglect by successive Assam governments.’
    • ‘The overall relation between the Assamese and the other ethnic groups in Assam is not in active conflict now.’
    • ‘Why has immigration become such a nightmare for the indigenous Assamese and what specific features exist in their cultural identity that they feel are threatened by extinction?’
    • ‘The violence in Assam has prompted reprisals in Bihar, where mobs have attacked trains carrying Assamese to and from their home state.’
    • ‘Indeed, in 1978 just 38 of the 126 state asssemblymen were Assamese.’
    • ‘Throughout the 1970s, ethnic Assamese and about 2 million so-called tribals became increasingly mutinous, charging that unchecked migration left them marginalized.’
  • 2An Indic language spoken mainly in Assam.

    • ‘Many Nagas are said now to speak broken Assamese and Hindi.’
    • ‘Oriya is an Indo-Aryan language closely related to Bengali, Assamese, and other languages of eastern India.’
    • ‘The current issue, like all the previous ones, contains original Indian English writing as well as translations from the regional languages, Bengali, Oriya, Hindi, Assamese and Malayalam.’
    • ‘They speak Tibeto-Burman languages and are also conversant in Indo-European languages, such as Hindi or Assamese.’
    • ‘Now, the accepted meaning of the term is, somebody who speaks Assamese as his or her mother tongue.’
    • ‘He is a linguist and fluently speaks in Urdu, Persian, Tamil, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi and Assamese, besides English and Khasi languages.’
    • ‘On the audio CD are songs in English, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi and Assamese, true to the spirit of India that rejoices in linguistic diversity.’
    • ‘Renewed vigour too is apparent in literary and cinematic activities, with Assamese films once again being able to attract audience back to cinema-halls.’
    • ‘Loathing the company she found herself keeping, the club life and complaints about the natives, she insisted on learning Assamese from a local schoolmaster and finding out about the history of the area.’
    • ‘Exhibition of serious cinema, not only Assamese but in other Indian languages as well, is like a dream here.’
    • ‘He has sung in no less than 11 languages including Bengali, Assamese, and the South Indian languages.’
    • ‘Other languages spoken in Bhutan include Nepali, Assamese, and Gurung.’
    • ‘Those settled in the state for generations are included in the state electoral rolls and have adopted Assamese and in census reports returned Assamese as their mother tongue.’
    • ‘India is releasing Linux variations in local dialects from Assamese to Telugu.’
    • ‘Both the languages are so close that an outsider may mistake Oriya for Assamese.’


  • Relating to Assam, its people, or their language.

    • ‘Much is processed into plywood in factories down in the Assamese plains.’
    • ‘The later Assamese poems are uneven or done in by translations.’
    • ‘Dresses made of this unique Assamese silk are considered most suitable for special occasions.’
    • ‘Now I suppose I consider myself a combination of all of my environments: Assamese, mainstream Indian and mainstream American.’
    • ‘This sets the scene for his awfully big adventure, undertaken in the company of a smart little Assamese street dog called Bhaiti.’
    • ‘Lunch had just finished; rich Assamese fish curry with sticky rice, fried aubergines and raita (curd with chopped onion and cucumber), all eaten with the fingers to get the real taste.’
    • ‘His childhood was spent in the tea gardens of Assam and he was greatly influenced by the songs of the tea garden workers and Assamese folk songs.’
    • ‘Along the way, we are treated to numerous accounts of booze and ganja filled nights in the company of a variety of Indian, Assamese and Bangladeshi characters who add colour and humour to the journey.’
    • ‘Those elections, boycotted by a majority of Assamese voters and accompanied by police and mob violence, culminated in heavy massacres of Bengali Muslims by a gang of Assamese tribesmen.’
    • ‘Interestingly, the traditional Assamese medical practitioners classified fever into twenty different types.’
    • ‘Within this story of denial and deprivation is interwoven the larger story of Assamese women losing a traditional support base of income.’
    • ‘The killing spree began on Monday, driven by anger over an attack on Assamese train travellers in Bihar last week, triggered by a competition for jobs in the oil and tea-rich Assam.’
    • ‘This renowned Assamese film-maker is heading the jury of the Second International Video Festival now on at the State capital.’
    • ‘If not effectively checked they may swamp the Assamese people and may severe the North East land mass from the rest of India.’
    • ‘The late seventies show the explosion of resentment among the Assamese people, in the form of a massive agitation, commonly known as the Assam agitation.’
    • ‘Among these nine, except the Rhesus macaque and Assamese macaque, the rest are exclusively found in Northeast India.’
    • ‘This was a convenient grudge as it aims at vacating more space for the emerging elite of the smaller groups by attempting to remove both the outsiders and the Assamese competitors from their field.’
    • ‘The dance performance was followed by an exclusive dinner featuring Bengali and Assamese cuisine, as a tribute to the artiste.’
    • ‘This has also helped even the English medium students to study Assamese literature keenly.’