English

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Portuguese Ceilão, from Old French Seilan (Marco Polo), from Persian سیلان (saylān), ultimately from Pali sīhaḷa, from Sanskrit सिंहल (siṃhala). Doublet of Sinhala.

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Ceylon

  1. (archaic, historical) Sri Lanka [prior to 1972].
    • 2021 June 30, David Clough, “Brush: a UK rail icon”, in RAIL, number 934, page 55:
      Brush supplied shunters to industrial clients, but the first significant main line order came from the Ceylon Government Railway in 1950 for 25 diesel-electrics.
  2. (very rare) A male given name transferred from the place name.
  3. (computer languages) An object-oriented, strongly statically typed programming language with an emphasis on immutability.

Usage notes

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  • The country name Ceylon is generally considered archaic, having been replaced by Sri Lanka, but it is still used in some contexts; see usage notes for Sri Lanka.

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Noun

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Ceylon (countable and uncountable, plural Ceylons)

  1. Tea produced in Sri Lanka.

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Finnish

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Etymology

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From English Ceylon, from Portuguese Ceilão.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈsei̯lon/, [ˈs̠e̞i̯lo̞n]

Proper noun

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Ceylon

  1. (historical) Ceylon (former name of the island and state of Sri Lanka)

Usage notes

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  • still used in the names of many plants and animals

Declension

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Inflection of Ceylon (Kotus type 6/paperi, no gradation)
nominative Ceylon
genitive Ceylonin
partitive Ceylonia
illative Ceyloniin
singular plural
nominative Ceylon
accusative nom. Ceylon
gen. Ceylonin
genitive Ceylonin
partitive Ceylonia
inessive Ceylonissa
elative Ceylonista
illative Ceyloniin
adessive Ceylonilla
ablative Ceylonilta
allative Ceylonille
essive Ceylonina
translative Ceyloniksi
abessive Ceylonitta
instructive
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of Ceylon (Kotus type 6/paperi, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative Ceylonini
accusative nom. Ceylonini
gen. Ceylonini
genitive Ceylonini
partitive Ceyloniani
inessive Ceylonissani
elative Ceylonistani
illative Ceyloniini
adessive Ceylonillani
ablative Ceyloniltani
allative Ceylonilleni
essive Ceyloninani
translative Ceylonikseni
abessive Ceylonittani
instructive
comitative
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative Ceylonisi
accusative nom. Ceylonisi
gen. Ceylonisi
genitive Ceylonisi
partitive Ceyloniasi
inessive Ceylonissasi
elative Ceylonistasi
illative Ceyloniisi
adessive Ceylonillasi
ablative Ceyloniltasi
allative Ceylonillesi
essive Ceyloninasi
translative Ceyloniksesi
abessive Ceylonittasi
instructive
comitative
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative Ceylonimme
accusative nom. Ceylonimme
gen. Ceylonimme
genitive Ceylonimme
partitive Ceyloniamme
inessive Ceylonissamme
elative Ceylonistamme
illative Ceyloniimme
adessive Ceylonillamme
ablative Ceyloniltamme
allative Ceylonillemme
essive Ceyloninamme
translative Ceyloniksemme
abessive Ceylonittamme
instructive
comitative
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative Ceyloninne
accusative nom. Ceyloninne
gen. Ceyloninne
genitive Ceyloninne
partitive Ceylonianne
inessive Ceylonissanne
elative Ceylonistanne
illative Ceyloniinne
adessive Ceylonillanne
ablative Ceyloniltanne
allative Ceylonillenne
essive Ceyloninanne
translative Ceyloniksenne
abessive Ceylonittanne
instructive
comitative
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative Ceyloninsa
accusative nom. Ceyloninsa
gen. Ceyloninsa
genitive Ceyloninsa
partitive Ceyloniaan
Ceyloniansa
inessive Ceylonissaan
Ceylonissansa
elative Ceylonistaan
Ceylonistansa
illative Ceyloniinsa
adessive Ceylonillaan
Ceylonillansa
ablative Ceyloniltaan
Ceyloniltansa
allative Ceylonilleen
Ceylonillensa
essive Ceyloninaan
Ceyloninansa
translative Ceylonikseen
Ceyloniksensa
abessive Ceylonittaan
Ceylonittansa
instructive
comitative

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