Definition of Nepali in US English:


nounPlural Nepalis

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Nepal.

    • ‘With Nepalis living under a state of emergency, civil rights suspended and dissent against the king banned after he seized power, they are reading some bizarre things in their newspapers.’
    • ‘Two Indian nationals and one Nepali have been arrested here for duping people of millions of rupees after promising to send them on jobs in the US and Britain, the police said today.’
    • ‘The inspiration for this project is Mahabir Pun, a native Nepali determined to bring better education and technology to his fellow villagers.’
    • ‘I am full of admiration and respect for the Nepalis.’
    • ‘The five parties have brought thousands of Nepalis on to the streets in sometimes violent rallies to press the king to either appoint them as an interim government or reinstate the parliament he dissolved in May last year.’
    • ‘Yet while these foreigners were busy observing Nepalis in their natural environment, Nepalis were also observing Western tourists, developing their own impressions of Western culture, and listening to Western pop.’
    • ‘In the darkness of the cold truck, against the agonizing body ache, I weep silently - a Nepali let loose in the lowlands of England.’
    • ‘More than a 1,000 Nepalis hit the streets and rioted in Kathmandu, throwing rocks and attempting to set a mosque on fire. Police intervened to protect the mosque.’
    • ‘Despite ethnic unrest, Nepalis have a strong sense of national identity and pride.’
    • ‘Rather, we examine ways that young Nepalis, driven by longings to forge new kinds of selves and new social patterns in Nepal, explore and create new means of self-expression at the crossroads of several musics and languages.’
    • ‘Young Nepalis often express their contempt for their ‘obligations,’ and chafe against the compulsion to adhere strictly to traditional ways.’
    • ‘Some newspaper reports speculated the government's hasty backpedalling was intended to protect the reputation of the monarchy as many Nepalis rejected the notion the crown prince could have suddenly turned into a mass murderer.’
    • ‘As the Newar father quoted above suggests, urban Nepalis find themselves in something of a tug-of-war to determine the appropriate language to use in any given circumstance.’
    • ‘Much of the trading between the lowland Nepalis and Tibetan peoples of the mountains takes place at markets such as the Saturday market in Namche Bazaar.’
    • ‘This leads some commentators to suggest the movement wants what Nepalis call a ‘soft landing’, where they negotiate their way back into the mainstream with their profile high.’
    • ‘Also evident in this quote is a tension that urban Nepalis increasingly feel, a struggle between the competing claims of Nepali, English, and often other languages, to be the appropriate language for a given social context.’
    • ‘Although youth culture in the Kathmandu Valley is ‘Western-influenced,’ young Nepalis are not trying to recreate a Western society.’
    • ‘Since 1996, approximately 12,000 Nepalis have died in a brutal conflict between rebels of the Communist Party of Nepal and government security forces.’
    • ‘The mountain, known as Sagarmatha to the Nepalis and Chomolungma to the Tibetans, is considered ‘The palace of the Five Sisters of Long Life’ by Buddhists.’
    • ‘Although Indonesians, Nepalis, Pakistanis, and Thais are prominent in the SAR, the most significant minority group consists of Filipino domestic helpers.’
  • 2An Indic language that is the official language of Nepal, also used in parts of northeastern India.

    Also called Gurkhali
    • ‘Some of the important films in Urdu, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Bangla, Nepali, Sinhalese etc., will be shown in this festival.’
    • ‘Since the creation of a national educational program in Nepal during the 1950s, the majority of Nepalese, 58.3 percent, speak Nepali.’
    • ‘Other languages spoken in Bhutan include Nepali, Assamese, and Gurung.’
    • ‘Kuensel, the national newspaper, is published in Dzongkha, English, and Nepali, both in print and on the Internet.’
    • ‘They speak mainly Nepali but also understand Hindi, Bengali and English.’
    • ‘He is a linguist and fluently speaks in Urdu, Persian, Tamil, Nepali, Bengali, Hindi and Assamese, besides English and Khasi languages.’
    • ‘Starting in 1983, a band called the Influence pioneered Nepali pop by singing thoroughly Western pop music in Nepali rather than English.’
    • ‘Children address their elders by using the honorific form of Nepali, while adults speak to children using more familiar language.’
    • ‘Language is not a problem for this zealous youth: he is good at Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Hindi, Gujarati and has a smattering of Nepali.’
    • ‘He also charged Bhutanese of Nepalese ethnicity will be unable to make comments on the contents of the constitution as it is only available in the English and Dzonkha languages, and not in Nepali.’
    • ‘Language: Nepali is spoken in the city, apart from local dialects.’
    • ‘Besides, the Gurkhas of the Darjeeling district of West Bengal and Sikkim wanted Nepali to be constitutionally recognised as a ‘principal language’.’
    • ‘A translation into Nepali was made and printed by the Center for Women and Development in Kathmandu, Nepal.’
    • ‘‘I can speak Nepali, you know, in addition to my native Sikkimese,’ he told me.’
    • ‘It is also alleged that Thimphu instituted discriminatory policies aimed at the Nepali-speakers, making it compulsory to wear the national dress of the northern people and banning the teaching of Nepali at schools.’
    • ‘Their rich cultural tradition includes a language quite distinct from Nepali, the language of the majority.’
    • ‘The crux of the problem is that the government's full proposal has not been translated into languages such as Urdu, Nepali, Hindi and Tagalog.’
    • ‘He listens with a beatific half smile to his visitors in English and responds in rapid fire Nepali, which the secretary in his ministry does not bother to translate.’
    • ‘He shares Dyer's flair for languages, especially Nepali and Baluchi.’


  • Relating to Nepal or its language or people.

    • ‘I was curious about the flavours of real Nepali food.’
    • ‘Banned from broadcasting news since February's royal coup, Nepali radio reporters have found a new way to get their bulletins out: loudspeaker.’
    • ‘Unfortunately the part of the trip that followed, dealing with breathtaking mountain views and the exceptional kindness of Nepali Sherpas, neither of which aspects we could possibly do justice to in words, cannot be told here.’
    • ‘Down every alley was a slice of unsuspecting Nepali life which were far more intriguing than the city's polished, tourist areas.’
    • ‘A seminal chapter is devoted to explaining Tantric concepts that have shaped the theology and iconography of Nepali art in both its Hindu and Buddhist forms.’
    • ‘In the Nepali language, emotions as well as bodily states usually take on the role of agents grammatically, while the one doing the experiencing becomes the indirect object in a sentence.’
    • ‘News was censored, and Nepali TV and radio were restricted to broadcasting little more than Hindu folk dancing and light sitar music.’
    • ‘I have written several books and pamphlets on Buddhism, Ayurvedic medicine and Nepali culture, which are published in the Nepali language.’
    • ‘Tours include visits to Nepali villages, to monasteries, to areas which give wonderful mountain views, and to hills covered with flowering rhododendrons and other plants in season.’
    • ‘Built in the shape of a 108-sided mandala it is distinguished by many 15th Century murals painted by Nepali artists.’
    • ‘However, in a statement issued on Friday, the Indian embassy said district officials of Gonda have investigated the matter thoroughly and met all 24 Nepali women including minors employed in the circus.’
    • ‘He went on to stress that he had grown up with Nepali servants, which probably didn't endear him to a people who are touchy about their big Indian neighbour's attitude towards them.’
    • ‘The blockade decimated tourist numbers; a week later, the usually tolerant Nepali people (Hinduism and Buddhism coexist in harmony in Nepal) had taken to the streets and were attacking mosques.’
    • ‘The new face of cannabis trade is that the richer villagers employ Nepali labourers to sow the cannabis crop in the pastures above the treeline.’
    • ‘Captured documents and interrogations have revealed that since 1997, Nepali teams have gone to India for training and returned to set up training camps.’
    • ‘With the emergence of Nepali-language rap and mix music in the mid-1990s, the use of the English language within a predominantly Nepali context became much more frequent.’
    • ‘Inside, marijuana still grows wild among nettles, and ageing bearded hippies in Nepali waistcoats stand behind dope stalls.’
    • ‘Women faced with the realities of abortion are often young, with 50 percent of Nepali women bearing a child by age 19.’
    • ‘In the face of strict rules restricting print, television and radio communications, Nepali journalists have begun using web logs, or blogs, to communicate their opinions and news to the outside world.’
    • ‘According to Nepali tradition, the prince effectively became a god on his birthday and he could not be seen worshipping another.’