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.
- (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.
- (very rare) A male given name transferred from the place name.
- (computer languages) An object-oriented, strongly statically typed programming language with an emphasis on immutability.
The country name Ceylon is generally considered archaic, having been replaced by Sri Lanka, but it is still used in some contexts; see usage notes for Sri Lanka.
Ceylon (countable and uncountable, plural Ceylons)
- Tea produced in Sri Lanka.
From English Ceylon, from Portuguese Ceilão.
- IPA(key): /ˈsei̯lon/, [ˈs̠e̞i̯lo̞n]
- (historical) Ceylon (former name of the island and state of Sri Lanka)
- still used in the names of many plants and animals