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Meitei language

predominant language and lingua franca in the state of Manipur, in northeastern India

Meetei (also known as Manipuri) is the main language spoken in Manipur.[5]

Manipuri, Meithei, Meetei
Meitei language.jpg
RegionNortheast India, Bangladesh, Myanmar
Native speakers
1.25 million (2010)[1] to 1.5 million (2001 census)[2]
Bengali alphabet (current)
Latin alphabet (to a lesser extent)
Meetei alphabet (historical)[3]
Official status
Official language in
Language codes
ISO 639-2mni
ISO 639-3Either:
mni – Meetei
omp – Old Manipuri
omp Old Manipuri


  1. Moseley, C. (Editor) (2010). Atlas of the world's languages in danger (3rd ed). Paris: UNESCO Publishing.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  2. Meetei at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Old Manipuri at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. A Manipuri Grammar, Vocabulary, and Phrase Book - 1888 Assam Secretariat Press
  4. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Manipuri". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  5. Khongbantabam Naobi Devi, Ph,D. "Origin and Development of the Meetei Language" (PDF). Department of English, Ethiraj College for Women, Chennai, Tamilnadu. Retrieved 19 July 2017.CS1 maint: Multiple names: authors list (link)