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TAMIL

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does Tamil mean? 

TAMIL (noun)
  The noun TAMIL has 2 senses:

1. a member of the mixed Dravidian and Caucasian people of southern India and Sri Lanka
2. the Dravidian language spoken since prehistoric times by the Tamil in southern India and Sri Lanka

  Familiarity information: TAMIL used as a noun is rare.


TAMIL (adjective)
  The adjective TAMIL has 1 sense:

1. of or relating to a speaker of the Tamil language or the language itself

  Familiarity information: TAMIL used as an adjective is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


TAMIL (noun)


Sense 1Tamil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A member of the mixed Dravidian and Caucasian people of southern India and Sri Lanka

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("Tamil" is a kind of...):

Dravidian (a member of one of the aboriginal races of India (pushed south by Caucasians and now mixed with them))


Sense 2Tamil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

The Dravidian language spoken since prehistoric times by the Tamil in southern India and Sri Lanka

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Hypernyms ("Tamil" is a kind of...):

South Dravidian (a Dravidian language spoken primarily in southern India)


TAMIL (adjective)


Sense 1Tamil [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of or relating to a speaker of the Tamil language or the language itself

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

the Tamil Tigers are fighting the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka / Tamil agglutinative phrases

Pertainym:

Tamil (the Dravidian language spoken since prehistoric times by the Tamil in southern India and Sri Lanka)

Tamil (a member of the mixed Dravidian and Caucasian people of southern India and Sri Lanka)


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