Scripts சிங்கப்பூர் (Tamil), 新加坡 (Chinese)
Other Forms FormsSingapura, Ciṅkappūr, Xīnjiāpō
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Contributor Contrib.highexpectasians on 5/29/2016
Derived from Malay singapura which ultimately comes from Sanskrit सिंहपुर (Siṃhapura) meaning "lion city", a combination of सिंह (siṃhá) meaning "lion" and पुर (pura) meaning "city, town". According to legend, the name was given to the island by a voyager prince who thought he spotted a lion. This cannot be true, because there are no native lions on Singapore (he most likely spotted a tiger or a similar-looking animal). Singapore is an island city and nation located under southern Malaysia.