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USAGE: English, Breton, Danish, Dutch, Estonian, Finnish, French, German, Interlingua, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Spanish, Swahili, Swedish
OTHER SCRIPTS: বাংলাদেশ (Bengali)
PRONOUNCED: bayng-LA-desh (English)
OTHER FORMS: Bāṃlādēśa, Bānlādēśa
Meaning & History
Means "land of the Bengalis", from Bengali বাংলা (Bangla)
meaning "Bengali" (referring to the Bengali people or Bengali language spoken by the Bengali people), which is ultimately from Vanga
, the name of an ancient kingdom on the Indian subcontinent (see Bengal
) combined with দেশ (desh)
"country, land, state", ultimately from Sanskrit देश (deśá)
. This is the name of a nation in South Asia.