Meitei language

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

Meitei language or Manipuri language is the official language and the lingua franca of the Indian state of Manipur.[6] It is developed from the Ancient Meitei language. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.[3][4][5]

Manipuri, Meithei, Meetei, Kathe, Monipuriya, Mekhlee, Mogolu
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Native toManipur, Assam and Tripura
Region India,
EthnicityMeitei ethnicity
Era1445 BC - present[2]
  • Tibeto-Burman
    • Indo-Mongolian
      • Meitei
Early form
Meitei script,
Bengali alphabet and
Latin alphabet (to a lesser extent)
Official status
Official language in
Recognised minority
language in
Language codes
ISO 639-2mni
ISO 639-3Either:
mni – Meetei
omp – Old Manipuri
omp Old Manipuri

On 11th May of 2022, Meitei language was supported by Google Translate among 8 newly added Indian languages out of 24 total newly added languages at the same time.[7][8]

Related pagesEdit


  1. Moseley, C., ed. (2010). Atlas of the world's languages in danger (3rd ed). Paris: UNESCO Publishing.
  2. Meetei at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
    Old Manipuri at Ethnologue (18th ed., 2015)
  3. 3.0 3.1
  4. 4.0 4.1
  5. 5.0 5.1
  6. 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.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. "Google Translate gets support for 24 additional languages". Retrieved 2022-05-12.
  8. "Google I/O 2022: Google Translate adds support for 24 new languages including 8 Indian languages". Moneycontrol. Retrieved 2022-05-12.