Meaning of Rohingya in English:


(also Rohinga)

Pronunciation /ˈrəʊ(h)ɪndʒə/ /ˈrəʊ(h)ɪŋjə/

nounRohingya, Rohingyas

  • 1A member of a Muslim people inhabiting western Burma (Myanmar).

    • ‘Thousands of Rohingya immigrants from Myanmar live in Malaysia, where they first began arriving in large numbers in the early 1990s.’
    • ‘Burmese Rohingya wait in a crowded room for malaria test results at special clinic for malaria on May 4, 2009 in Sittwe, Arakan state, Myanmar (Burma).’
    • ‘There are also significant numbers of Chin, Kachin, Kayah (Karenni), Pao, Palaung, Lahu, Wa, and Rohingya.’
    • ‘The Rohingya in Myanmar live mostly in the northern state of Rahkine and in the past fled through Bangladesh and into the Middle East.’
    • ‘There are also hundreds of thousands of Rohingya living in Bangladesh.’
    • ‘Among them are Acehnese from Indonesia and people from the minority Muslim community of Rohingyas in Myanmar.’
  • 2mass noun The Indic language of the Rohingya.

    • ‘Rohingya (Ruáingga) is the spoken language of Rohingya people which is similar to Chittagonian language spoken in the neighbouring Chittagong region of Bangladesh.’
    • ‘They only speak Rohingya.’
    • ‘In retrospect, perhaps I should have asked him to speak Rohingya. But what he said is more important than what language he spoke.’


  • Relating to the Rohingya or their language.

    • ‘Muslims living in the northernmost reaches of Rakhine State are generally called Rohingya regardless of their ancestry.’
    • ‘This image at left is of a Rohingya mosque in Sittwe.’
    • ‘Many of its recruits are thought to be members of the Rohingya community of Myanmar who, along with a few volunteers from Thailand, make up the bulk of its approximately 700 trained members.’
    • ‘A local woman helped a Rohingya refugee in a small hospital after she was rescued yesterday off Indonesia.’
    • ‘Defense lawyer Amir Hamzah said the Rohingya siblings have been in Malaysia for four years and are applying for refugee status with the UNHCR.’
    • ‘The ruling states that the man is a member of the Rohingya minority in Myanmar and had been involved in pro-democracy political activities.’
    • ‘Authorities are now trying to ascertain whether they are members of the Rohingya community from the Arakan region of Myanmar.’


Rohingya self-designation, from the name of a former kingdom of Burma.



/ˈrəʊ(h)ɪndʒə/ /ˈrəʊ(h)ɪŋjə/