Definition of Tamang in English:


nounTamang, Tamangs

  • 1A member of a Buddhist people inhabiting mountainous parts of Nepal and Sikkim.

    • ‘For Nepal's indigenous ethnic minorities like the Buddhist Tamangs the struggle for survival is compounded by their marginalized status.’
    • ‘The major ethnic groups include Newars, Indians, Tibetans, Gurungs, Magars, Tamangs, Bhotias, Rais, Limbus, and Sherpas.’
    • ‘Tamang prefer to preserve social reciprocity through bilateral cross-cousin marriages that are held as ideal, and marriages are strategically arranged to form ties to distant, and more prestigious, families.’
    • ‘Tamangs, the unknown Mt Everest climbers, continue to summit Mt Everest but are mainly unknown to the western world.’
    • ‘There are more than 70 subgroups within the Tamang, and inter-marriage does not occur within the same subgroup.’
  • 2mass noun The Tibeto-Burman language of the Tamang.

    • ‘Other languages include Maithili, Bhojpuri, Tharu, Tamang, Newari, and Abadhi.’
    • ‘The girls are taught Tamang, but they use Nepali script.’
    • ‘Tamang is the largest Tibeto-Burman language in Nepal.’
    • ‘Lexical similarity between Eastern Tamang (which is regarded as the most prominent) and other Tamang languages varies between 81% to 63%; lexical similarity between Spanish and Portuguese, for instance, is estimated at 89%.’


  • Relating to the Tamang or their language.

    • ‘This particular Tamang community, which represents 300,000 of the nearly one million Tamang people, lives in a precipitous river valley located in the Himalayan Mountains.’
    • ‘The journey brings you, too, in close contact with the Gurung and Tamang clans, who have practiced sustenance agriculture in the region for centuries.’
    • ‘Remittances are a flow of resources to village households, indicating the continued membership and obligation of weavers with their originating village, or, as in the case of the Tamang women, with their husband's household.’
    • ‘It also provides employment for the Tamang villagers who work as guides and - increasingly - as business owners.’
    • ‘Tamang men work as subsistence farmers or laborers.’


Nepali, from rtamaṅ ‘owner of many horses’.