Definition of Tibetan in US English:

Tibetan

noun

  • 1A native of Tibet or a person of Tibetan descent.

    • ‘From the beginning of the ninth century AD, the region was settled by Tibetans migrating south.’
    • ‘The film highlights the identity crisis of young Tibetans, their aspirations and their love for their nation.’
    • ‘It tells the story of a traditional trek across the Himalayas by Tibetans, looking to trade salt for grain.’
    • ‘The Tibetans produced a dog slightly modified from the Chinese dog of a similar ancestry which was the Lhasa Apso.’
    • ‘At current rates of inward migration, native Tibetans will soon become a minority.’
    • ‘The Tibetans will continue to infuse American science with a Buddhist component.’
    • ‘Minorities most often cited are Tibetans and Uygurs, a Muslim group from northwestern China.’
    • ‘And of course the yak is as indispensable to the Ladakhis as it is to the Tibetans.’
    • ‘The nonchalant attitudes of these cadres and disrespect toward the Tibetans and their religion has been highly damaging.’
    • ‘Although some scholars doubt the historicity of this debate, it epitomizes the rejection of Chinese forms of Buddhism by the Tibetans.’
    • ‘From this time, the Tibetans evolved a distinct but simple civilization founded on the idea of the interdependence of man and nature.’
    • ‘Such Indian hospitality, however modest, has greatly helped the Tibetans.’
    • ‘He is one of a small group of elite Tibetans who joined the Communist Party early and have been carefully groomed for power.’
    • ‘Thousands of local Qinghai Mongolians and Tibetans were mobilized to participate in the task.’
  • 2The Tibeto-Burman language of Tibet, also spoken in neighboring areas of China, India, and Nepal.

    • ‘In fact, the revised version was so popular that it was translated into Tibetan, Arabic, English and many other Indian languages.’
    • ‘To illustrate but one benefit of being educated in India, Tibetans brought up there speak fluent Tibetan - a privilege non-existent to those born elsewhere.’
    • ‘The official language of Bhutan is Dzongkha, a dialect of Tibetan.’
    • ‘The second was a lady who taught others to speak Tibetan.’
    • ‘Most of the words in the texts are literary Tibetan, which many of them don't know.’
    • ‘A copy in the original Sanskrit is extant as well as a translation in Tibetan.’
    • ‘In part, that's because the tale is long, complex and research requires knowledge of Tibetan, not an easy language to master.’
    • ‘He says something in Tibetan to his assistant who writes a prescription and the exam is over.’
    • ‘Tibetan communities made efforts to teach more subject courses in Tibetan in primary and secondary schools.’
    • ‘Important documents are translated into major minority tongues and four of them - Tibetan, Mongolian, Uighur and Zhuang - appear on Chinese bank notes.’
    • ‘He speaks and reads Chinese and Tibetan and knows more about the fantastical, complex history of the various forms of Himalayan Buddhism than anyone I've ever met.’
    • ‘The language of the Sherpas, called Sherpa or Sherpali, is a dialect of Tibetan, although it has borrowed heavily from neighboring languages.’
    • ‘Nepali is the official language, but Rai and Tibetan are also spoken.’
    • ‘The name translates from Tibetan as ‘five treasures of the great snow’, relating to the mountain's quintet of perilous peaks.’
    • ‘Why call something by some Tibetan or Sanskrit or whatever name when you have a perfectly good English phrase to use?’
    • ‘He was also an accomplished linguist speaking nine foreign languages including Chinese and Tibetan.’
    • ‘Written in Tibetan and English, this striking, culturally rich tale is dedicated to Tibetans born in exile.’
    • ‘Mine was translated into Tibetan and His Holiness liked it so much that he said that he wanted to meet me and discuss things.’
    • ‘Suddenly, one of his entourage - dormant until now - leaps up and speaks quickly to the Dalai Lama in Tibetan.’
    • ‘I like to speak in Tibetan, but prefer to write in English, I like to sing in Hindi but my tune and accent are all wrong.’

adjective

  • Relating to Tibet, its people, or its language.

    • ‘Despite all the sad stories told in this movie, the real beauty of the documentary lies within its depiction of the rich culture of Tibetan people, a culture based upon the teachings of Buddhism.’
    • ‘You've probably heard of Tibetan prayer wheels.’
    • ‘Then on Saturday and Sunday, June 19-20, there will be a full program of Tibetan culture, meditation, sand mandalas and activities for the kids.’
    • ‘To finish off, warm your hands around a cup of sweet Tibetan tea, infinitely more palatable than the thick and greasy butter tea.’
    • ‘She has worked with Tibetan refugees since 1988 when she taught English in Dharamsala in Northern India, and travels frequently both to the monastery and to other parts of India.’
    • ‘Among the displays are the currency of smallest value - 14,000 new roubles, which is equal to one rupee - and Tibetan currency made out of tree bark.’
    • ‘We'll spend the hour and most of it with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, who in 1989 received the Nobel prize.’
    • ‘For centuries Tibetan Buddhists had treasured the legend of Shambhala, a hidden sanctuary holding Buddhism's most secret teachings.’
    • ‘The sacred dhami priests of Nepal channel the local Tibetan and Nepalese Gods to serve their communities’
    • ‘Rich in texture, colour and clarity, images of laughing Tibetan monks and prostrate beggars bring you directly into the lives of his subjects and have you almost living along with them.’
    • ‘So I formally turned back my vows, which is allowed in Tibetan culture.’
    • ‘Red limestone cliffs front the sapphire-blue surface of Lake Nam Tsho, where Tibetan pilgrims gather at a shoreline dotted with migratory cranes and geese.’
    • ‘She slowly learned the Tibetan language, and gained the physical strength and stamina needed for the intensely hard work of milking, churning butter, making dung cakes, fetching water.’
    • ‘Particularly within the different Zen and Tibetan traditions practiced in America, costs are exorbitant for things like retreats or even membership.’
    • ‘I disagree with Jonathan Mirsky's review of the book on lost Tibetan architecture.’
    • ‘Himalaya, a new film by author, documentarian, and National Geographic photographer Eric Valli, is finally a feature that delicately captures raw Tibetan culture.’
    • ‘To the disappointment of many, Montreal, the unofficial capital of Canada's expat Tibetan population, isn't on the Dalai Lama's itinerary.’

Pronunciation

Tibetan

/təˈbɛtn//təˈbetn/