Definition of Konkani in English:


Pronunciation /ˈkôNGkəˌnē/ /ˈkäNG-/ /ˈkɔŋkəˌni/


  • An Indic language spoken mainly in Goa and adjacent parts of southwestern India.

    • ‘It is a pleasant amalgam of Persian, Arabic, Marathi, and Hindustani with Konkani as its base.’
    • ‘He had steeled himself for a conversation in English and was delighted when I broke into Portuguese and Konkani.’
    • ‘When we tell them why, they nod good-naturedly and talk to the rest, and laugh gently at Katherine's weak attempts at Konkani.’
    • ‘Growing up on the West Coast, Shivarama Karanth most likely heard, and spoke, as much Tulu and Konkani as he did Kannada.’
    • ‘Knowledge of Portuguese was made compulsory and the language of the people, Konkani, was banned from the school curriculum.’


  • Relating to Konkani.

    • ‘Would one coin a decipherable Konkani equivalent for a medical term as simple as sinusitis?’
    • ‘The first Konkani book to be translated into English, The Upheaval deals with the collapse of an agrarian society that lived by myths and unspoken rules.’
    • ‘He has translated a few Konkani works into Malayalam.’
    • ‘It also has in its list the first Konkani novel to be translated into English: The Upheaval by Pundalik N. Naik (translated by Vidya Pai).’
    • ‘The award is being given every year to four Konkani speaking people who have made a name for themselves in their fields of activity.’


From Marathi and Hindi koṅkaṇī, from Sanskrit koṅkaṇa ‘Konkan’ (a coastal region of western India).



/ˈkôNGkəˌnē/ /ˈkäNG-/ /ˈkɔŋkəˌni/