What does Tamil mean?

Definitions for Tamil
ˈtæm əl, ˈtʌm-, ˈtɑ məltamil

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Tamil.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Tamilnoun

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

  2. Tamiladjective

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

  3. Tamiladjective

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

    "Tamil agglutinative phrases"


  1. Tamilnoun

    A person whose ethnic origins come from Tamil Nadu, India or Sri Lanka.

  2. Tamiladjective

    Of or pertaining to the Tamil people, culture, or language.

  3. Tamilnoun

    A Dravidian language spoken in the state of Tamil Nadu, India and in Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia.


  1. tamil

    Tamil is a Dravidian language predominantly spoken by the Tamil people of India and Sri Lanka, and by the Tamil diaspora. It is an official language of two countries: Sri Lanka and Singapore. Tamil is also the name of the ethnicity and culture associated with speakers of the Tamil language. The history of this language dates back more than 2,000 years. Additionally, Tamil is a name for a native resident of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu or the north-eastern region of Sri Lanka.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tamiladjective

    of or pertaining to the Tamils, or to their language

  2. Tamilnoun

    one of a Dravidian race of men native of Northern Ceylon and Southern India

  3. Tamilnoun

    the Tamil language, the most important of the Dravidian languages. See Dravidian, a

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tamil

    tam′il, n. one of the Dravidian languages spoken in south-eastern India and the northern half of Ceylon, possessing a rich and varied literature: one of the Dravidian inhabitants of southern India and Ceylon.—adjs. Tam′il, Tamil′lian, Tamil′ic, Tamul′ic.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Tamil

    a branch of the Dravidian language, spoken in the S. of India and among the coolies of Ceylon.

Editors Contribution

  1. Tamil

    Tamil is an another name for cannabis

    Submitted by anonymous on May 20, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tamil in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tamil in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of Tamil in a Sentence

  1. Narendra Modi:

    The government will stand by the people of Tamil Nadu in their hour of need.

  2. Radhika Ganesh:

    Caste is an open sort of practice accepted in Tamil Nadu. Everyone is silent about it and the silence is tantamount to creating the violence around it.

  3. Animal Director Adrian Harland:

    Tamil would have received a shock -- but in this case it was not enough to stop him.

  4. Sonya Sceats:

    Sri Lankan torture survivors in treatment with us are adamant that they cannot trust a purely domestic process and will take comfort from the High Commissioner's warning that there must not be a replay of past broken promises, any process that fails to win the confidence of survivors, including from the Tamil minority, is doomed to fail and may set back the common cause of reconciliation.

  5. Rahul Gandhi:

    The gunning down by the police of 9 people in ...Tamil Nadu, is a brutal example of state sponsored terrorism. These citizens were murdered for protesting against injustice. My thoughts & prayers are with the families of these martyrs and the injured.

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  • Barathi Jaya
    Barathi Jaya
    Instead of publishing outrageously incorrect information, this website can go defunct. It is a shame they use the internet to spread lies things people / thing they don't know or care about. Or simply general prejudice about other less known people. It only demonstrates ignorance and repeating the same lies a billion times over doesn't make it a fact nor a fact will be transformed into a lie because of heaping lies over it. 
    LikeReply9 years ago
    • Martin Caflisch
      Martin Caflisch
      What informations are outrageously incorrect?I only see explanations of what the word tamil means and some quotes from people wich are named also.
      LikeReply 17 years ago

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