- a family of languages spoken in S and central India and Sri Lanka, including Tamil,
Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada, and Gondi
- a member of one of the aboriginal races of India, pushed south by the Indo-Europeans
and now mixed with them
- denoting, belonging to, or relating to this family of languages or these peoples
Example Sentences Including 'Dravidian'
At first Tantra was an undercurrent and is not documented among the Dravidian peoples much earlier than the third century.
A New Vision of Reality
Thanks to his contribution, Tamil Nadu came to be ruled by Dravidian parties from 1967 onwards.
That can be attributed to the Dravidian movement of the Sixties, which went a long way in narrowing the social chasm.
Business Today (2002)
The Tamil wave which generated the Dravidian movement swept the DMK into power.
The northern Chinese word for rice is dao; the Dravidian Indian word is arisi, from which we glean riso, riz, arroz and rice.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
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