a country in southern Asia, which is an island in the Indian Ocean, southeast of India. Population: 19,742,439 (2003). Capital: Colombo. Sri Lanka was formerly called Ceylon, and it was ruled by Britain from 1798 to 1948. About 70% of the population are Sinhalese, who are mostly Buddhists. The other main group are the Tamils, who are mostly Hindus, and many of them want to become independent from Sri Lanka.
—Sri Lankannoun, adjective
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.
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