Manipuri /mənipuri/ (also Meiteilon /məitəilon/ and Meeteilon /mìtəilòn/) is a Sino-Tibetan language and the predominant language and lingua franca in the southeastern Himalayan state of Manipur in northeastern India spoken by three million people. The official language in government offices of the state, this language is also spoken in Meitei-inhabiting parts of the Indian states of Assam and Tripura and also in the neighboring countries of Burma (Myanmar) and Bangladesh. It is currently classified as a vulnerable language by the UNESCO.


Manipuri is a tonal language whose exact classification remains unclear. The Manipuri Dictionary Project (MD Project) team is also working along this line.

We at the MD Project work on four platforms, each with a different purpose:

  • MD Project WhatsApp group. Request here to join.
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  • Manipuri Dictionary. Work in progress published here.

We, the compilers, have decided to publish this work-in-progress, in order to document the work we have done so far. Our ambition is to publish early and often. Please leave comments on the Contact Us page.


Manipuri Dictionary Team