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List of Sinhala words of English origin

Note: For information on the transcription used, see National Library at Calcutta romanization. Exception from the standard are the romanization of Sinhala long "ä" ([æː]) as "ää", and the non-marking of prenasalized stops.

Sinhala words of English origin mainly came about during the period of British colonial rule in Sri Lanka. This period saw absorption of several English words into the local language brought about by the interaction between the English and Sinhala languages.

These are examples of Sinhala words of English origin

Word Sinhala Meaning Original form
akkaraya අක්කරය Acre Acre
atōrni අතෝර්නි Attorney Attorney
administrāsi-kara අද්මිනිස්ත්‍රාසි කර Administrator Administrator
ayis අයිස් Ice Ice
ararup, ararut අරරුප් Arrowroot Arrowroot
avunsaya අවුන්සය Ounce Ounce
bagaasi බගාසි Baggage Baggage
baṭar බටර් Butter Butter
bēsama බේසම Basin Basin
bila බිල Bill Bill
bilantu බිලන්තු Brilliant Brilliant
bilḍima බිල්ඩිම Building Building
birōva බිරෝව Bureau Bureau
bōlaya බෝලය Ball Ball
bōmbaya බෝම්බය Bomb Bomb
bōṭṭuva බෝට්ටුව Boat Boat
bukiya බුකිය Bookmaker Bookie
busala බුසල Bushel Bushel
cäk චැක් Cheque Cheque
chīs චීස් Cheese Cheese
departamentuva දෙපාර්තමේන්තුව Department Department
distrikkaya දිස්ත්‍රිත්තය District District
dīsiya දීසිය Dish Dish
dostara දොස්තර Doctor Doctor
dusima දුසිම Dozen Dozen
enjima ඇන්ජිම Engine Engine
gavuma ගව්ම Gown, Dress Gown
gääs ගෑස් Gas Gas
gēṭṭuva ගේට්ටුව Gate Gate
golōva ගොලෝව Globe Globe
govärnamentuva ගොවැර්නමෙන්තුව Government Government
gornamentuva ගොර්නමෙන්තුව Government Government
injinēru ඉන්ජිනේරැ Engineer Engineer
ingrīsi ඉංග්‍රීසි English English
itāli ඉතාලි Italian Italian
itāliya ඉතාලිය Italy Italy
jändi ජැන්ඩි Dandy Dandy
joli ජොලි Fun Jolly
jubiliya ජුබිලිය Jubilee Jubilee
jūriya ජූරිය Jury Jury
kavicciya කවිච්චිය Couch Couch
kaskuruppuva කස්කුරුප්පුව Corkscrew Corkscrew
kētalaya කේතලය Kettle Kettle
komentuva කොමෙන්තුව Comment Comment
komisama කොමිසම Commission Commission
kompāsuva කොම්පිසුව Compass Compass
kompäniya කොම්පැනිය Company Company
kopiya කොපිය Copy Copy
kōcciya කෝච්චිය Train Coach
lagaasi ලගාසි Luggage Luggage
lavuma ලවුම Loudness Loud
läyistuva ලැයිස්තුව List List
listuva ලිස්තුව List List
loriya ලොරිය Lorry Lorry
mäshima මැෂිම Machine Machine
mīṭima මීටිම Meeting Meeting
nōṭṭuva නෝට්ටුව Note Note
opīsiya ඔපීසිය Office Office
pänsaya පැන්සය Penny Penny
parliamentuva පාර්ලිමේන්තුව Parliament Parliament
pavuma පව්ම Pound Pound
pänsala පැන්සල Pencil Pencil
pääna පෑන Pen Pen
pänal පැනල් Flannel Flannel
petsama පෙත්සම Petition Petition
pōniyā පෝනයා Pony Pony
puḍima පුඩිම Pudding Pudding
ravuma රවුම Round Round
regulāsiya රෙගුලාසිය Regulation Regulation
sāspāna සාස්පාන Saucepan Saucepan
silima සිලිම Schilling Schilling
sivilima සිවිලිම Ceiling Ceiling
sopāva සොපාව Sofa Sofa
talentaya තලෙන්තය Talent Talent
täligrām ටෙලිග්රැම් Telegram Telegram
tambalēruva තම්බලේරුව Tumbler Tumbler
trisuriya ත්‍රිසුරිය Treasury Treasury
tresuriya ත්‍රෙසුරිය ‍ Treasury Treasury
varentuva වරෙන්තුව Warrant Warrant
vokāsiya වොකාසිය Vocation Vocation
yāraya යාරය Yard (measurement) Yard
yurōpaya යුරෝපිය Europe Europe
yurōpi යුරෝපි European European

See also

References

  • Impact of English loan words in Sinhala
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