Definition of Tamil in English:

Tamil

noun

  • 1A member of a people inhabiting parts of southern India and Sri Lanka.

    • ‘The majority of Tamils live peacefully with other ethnic groups.’
    • ‘He also berated the government for failing to prevent clashes last month between Tamils and Muslims in the country's east.’
    • ‘People have also complained of discrimination against Muslims and Tamils in Sri Lanka's eastern provinces.’
    • ‘Meanwhile young Tamils were flocking to join the militant groups which were soon to benefit from military training in India on a massive scale.’
    • ‘The Sinhalese are mainly Buddhists while the Tamils are mostly Hindus.’
    • ‘The Tamils live amid the continuous destruction caused by the war.’
    • ‘I accept of course that the appellant and her family like many Tamils in the north of Sri Lanka have been affected by the conflict in Sri Lanka.’
    • ‘In a country which has strong ties with India, these Tamils constitute the strongest link.’
    • ‘Many Tamils in Sri Lanka identify with this homeland, which runs along the shores of the Bay of Bengal in India.’
    • ‘A few Tamils, living and working in different Arab countries, shared their views through the web.’
    • ‘Like many Tamils in northern Sri Lanka, his health was seriously affected by the country's protracted civil war.’
    • ‘The province is populated by the Sinhalese, Tamils and Muslims in roughly equal proportions.’
    • ‘A special feature of the campaign was to expose the discrimination against Tamils in Sri Lanka.’
    • ‘The use of the emergency laws will not be confined to Tamils.’
    • ‘They have a very different language, and while the Sinhalas are mainly Buddhist, most Tamils come from a Hindu or Muslim background.’
    • ‘Funds were raised for his defence not only in India but also by the Tamils in South Africa.’
    • ‘None of this is helped by the continuing ethnic conflict between the Sinhalese and the Tamils on the island.’
    • ‘Afterward, Tamils accused the government of holding up emergency shipments to western areas that they control.’
    • ‘Sri Lanka's Tamils have fought for decades to establish a homeland.’
    • ‘The conflict in Sri Lanka today is not between the Sinhalese and the Tamils, but between the Government and a rebel group.’
  • 2The Dravidian language of the Tamils.

    • ‘Children come to learn the languages of their ancestry - Telegu, Kannada, Tamil, Hindi and Sanskrit.’
    • ‘He abolished his predecessor's discrimination against the Tamils, for example by introducing Tamil as an official language next to Sinhalese.’
    • ‘The software is available in Hindi and regional languages including Tamil.’
    • ‘The actor says he is now able to speak in broken Tamil.’
    • ‘However, most of the concerts are performed in languages other than Tamil.’
    • ‘Most Hindus in Malaysia speak Tamil, even if they are Gujarati or Telegu.’
    • ‘Immigrants from the states of southern India speak regional languages like Tamil, Telegu, or Malayalam.’
    • ‘Radio stations rebroadcasted his Internet talks, and newspapers published his messages translated into Tamil.’
    • ‘Seeing that I was an Indian she took it for granted that I spoke Tamil.’
    • ‘Apart from his mother tongue, Tamil, he is able to understand and speak English.’
    • ‘The thriller is also slated for release in at least two other languages - Tamil and Telugu.’
    • ‘The country's official languages are Sinhala and Tamil, but English is also spoken throughout Sri Lanka.’
    • ‘While its history is shrouded, it set the stage for an outpouring of medieval poetry in Tamil, a Dravidian language.’
    • ‘For him the agreement comes at an ideal moment as he is handling dual language movies in Tamil and Hindi.’
    • ‘In fact, one understands the literary value of Tamil only by learning more languages.’
    • ‘‘But spoken Tamil and written Tamil are almost like two different languages,’ she laughs.’
    • ‘We can speak and prepare documents in the local languages - Sinhala and Tamil.’
    • ‘She speaks French, Spanish, Italian, English, Tamil, Telegu and Malayalam.’
    • ‘He is not a racialist, he can speak Tamil, and he knows the village scene and its characters well, and was not afraid to show his emotions.’
    • ‘Though he is not familiar with Tamil language, he loves speaking in Tamil.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Tamils or their language.

    • ‘At the same time I wanted to show that Tamil films are not inferior to other language films in content and technical brilliance.’
    • ‘He argues that even after learning the entire Tamil alphabet one will be unable to pronounce some words and letters, unique to Tamil language.’
    • ‘All participants later took an oath to strive for the development of the Tamil language.’
    • ‘The discussion centred on characterisation in Tamil films.’
    • ‘He has come a long way in exploring Tamil culture.’
    • ‘Unanimous agreement from Tamil parties also was absent.’
    • ‘For about five decades, he had been the uncrowned monarch of Tamil film music, working with all the leading music directors and lyricists.’
    • ‘Stating that the Confederation had adopted its own flag and Tamil anthem, he said there was a need for the Tamils across the world to rally behind it.’
    • ‘Since the topic cut across language barriers, the competition was split into English and Tamil categories.’
    • ‘However, I consider myself to be Sinhalese, as I have no comprehension of the Tamil language or culture.’
    • ‘At a time when classical music is turning its attention to the usage of original Tamil songs and lyrics, it is only natural for the world of dance to follow suit.’
    • ‘To them she was known as ‘Amma,’ which means mother in the Tamil language.’
    • ‘What about the current controversy over ‘erotic’ poetry by Tamil women poets?’
    • ‘In spite of the restricted access to Tamil channels, the users were attracted by the additional facility of getting FM radio programmes.’
    • ‘A doyen of modern Tamil drama assures that teachers, by learning theatre art, can make academic activities enchanting.’
    • ‘Can you see this process leading to more moderate Tamil voices emerging in the political system, very briefly, if you will?’
    • ‘A few months ago, he organised a conference of Tamil scholars.’
    • ‘These contests have been organised with a view to perpetuating the cultural consciousness of Tamil tradition and national heritage.’
    • ‘There is also some real good news for Tamil movie buffs.’
    • ‘He is sad that there are no efforts to translate Tamil works into other languages.’

Origin

The name in Tamil.

Pronunciation:

Tamil

/ˈtaməl/