Definition of Santal in US English:

Santal

(also Santhal)

noun

  • A member of a large indigenous group living mainly in eastern India.

    • ‘Throughout central and southern India there are tribal populations such as Mundas, Oraons and Santals, there are Dravidian groups in southern India such as Tamils and the Malayalam-speaking peoples in Kerala.’
    • ‘To Hunter the Santals and the hillmen of the western frontier of Bengal were a ‘manly race’.’
    • ‘The indigenous community of Shantiniketan, mostly the Santals, displayed their handmade products at the fair.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Santal.

    • ‘Chapters III and IV of the Annals are entirely devoted to the study of the Santal society and this study will remain a classic.’
    • ‘He was one of the best-known Anglo-Indians, who had helped put down the Santal tribe rebellion in Bengal and became the premier of Tasmania from 1894 to 1899.’
    • ‘The reports to government on which this book is based, had to describe Santal customs in so far as they were tied up with legal principles.’

Origin

Bengali sā̃̄otāl, from Saont, a place in northeastern India.

Pronunciation

Santal

/ˈsæntæl//ˈsantal/