What does Ceylon mean?

Definitions for Ceylon
sɪˈlɒn, seɪ-Cey·lon

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ceylonnoun

    an island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of India

  2. Sri Lanka, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Ceylonnoun

    a republic on the island of Ceylon; became independent of the United Kingdom in 1948


  1. Ceylonnoun

    The old name for Sri Lanka, prior to 1972.

    Etymology: From Σελεδίβα, from sīhaḷa, from सिंहल द्वीप; siṃhala derived from सिंह.


  1. Ceylon

    Ceylon is a city in Martin County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 369 at the 2010 census.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Ceylon

    a pear-shaped island about the size of Scotland, separated from India, to which it geographically belongs, and SE. of which it lies, by Palk Strait, 32 m. broad; comprises a lofty, central tableland with numerous peaks, the highest Tallagalla, 8000 ft., and a broad border of well-watered plains. It was an ancient centre of civilisation; the soil is everywhere fertile; the climate is hot, but more equitable than on the mainland; the chief products are tea, cinnamon, and tobacco; the forests yield satin-wood, ebony, &c.; the cocoa-nut palm abounds; there are extensive deposits of iron, anthracite, and plumbago; precious stones, sapphires, rubies, amethysts, &c., are in considerable quantities; the pearl fisheries are a valuable government monopoly. The chief exports are tea, rice, cotton goods, and coals. Two-thirds of the people are Singhalese and Buddhists, there are 6000 Europeans. The island is a crown colony, the largest in the British Empire, administered by a governor with executive and legislative councils; the capital and chief port is Colombo (127). Chabas, François

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. ceylon

    (anc. Taprobane). An island in the Indian Ocean. It was invaded by the Portuguese Almeyda, 1505, but it was known to the Romans in the time of Claudius, 41. The Dutch landed in Ceylon in 1602; they captured the capital, Colombo, in 1503. Intercourse with the British began in 1713. A large portion of the country was taken by them in 1782, but was restored in 1783. The Dutch settlements were seized by the British, 1795. Ceylon was ceded to the British by the peace of Amiens in 1802. The British troops were treacherously massacred or imprisoned by the Adigar of Candy, at Colombo, June 26, 1803. The complete sovereignty of the island was assumed by England in 1815.

Editors Contribution


    Ceylon is the original name for Sri Lanka. World famous and highly demand No.1 "Pure Ceylon Tea" is from Sri Lanka. Thanks to the British Empire, Sri Lanka is gifted with Tea commodity for its survival from Foreign Exchange.

    Submitted by rinat on June 21, 2020  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Ceylon

    Called by the Portuguese Selen, an abbreviation of the Sanskrit Sinhaladwipa, “Island of Lyons.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ceylon in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Ceylon in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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    Lengthy word or many syllables.
    • A. sesquipedalian
    • B. irascible
    • C. bibulous
    • D. numinous

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