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Bengali   /bɛŋgˈɑli/   Listen
Bengali

noun
1.
(Hinduism) a member of a people living in Bangladesh and West Bengal (mainly Hindus).
2.
An ethnic group speaking Bengali and living in Bangladesh and eastern India.
3.
A Magadhan language spoken by the Bengali people; the official language of Bangladesh and Bengal.  Synonym: Bangla.






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"Bengali" Quotes from Famous Books



... received Brahminism in a corrupt and degenerate form. According to legend, King Adisur, who reigned there in the ninth century of our era, imported five priests from Kanauj to perform indispensable sacrifices. From this stock the majority of Bengali Brahmins claim descent. The immigrants were attended by five servants, who are the reputed ancestors of the Kayasth caste. In Sanskrit this word means "Standing on the Body," whence Kayasths claim to be Kshatriyas. But the tradition of a servile origin persisted, and they were forbidden to study ...
— Tales of Bengal • S. B. Banerjea

... but is the most important language for national, political, and commercial communication, Hindi the national language and primary tongue of 30% of the people, Bengali (official), Telugu (official), Marathi (official), Tamil (official), Urdu (official), Gujarati (official), Malayalam (official), Kannada (official), Oriya (official), Punjabi (official), Assamese (official), Kashmiri ...
— The 1998 CIA World Factbook • United States. Central Intelligence Agency.

... the opening words of a song by Bankim Chatterjee, the famous Bengali novelist. The song has now become the national anthem, and Bande Mataram the national cry, since the days of ...
— The Home and the World • Rabindranath Tagore



Words linked to "Bengali" :   Bengal, East Pakistan, Asiatic, ethnic group, Asian, Hinduism, Bangla, Bangladesh, Bangla Desh, People's Republic of Bangladesh, ethnos, Hindooism, Magadhan



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