Meitei language

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

Meitei (also known as Manipuri or Meetei) is the official language and the lingua franca of the Indian state of Manipur.[8] It is developed from the Ancient Meitei language. It is one of the 22 scheduled languages of India.[4][6][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
Bengali alphabet (current)
Latin alphabet (to a lesser extent)
Meitei alphabet (historical)[3]
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

Related pagesEdit


  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. Primrose, Arthur John (1888). A Manipuri Grammar, Vocabulary, and Phrase Book: To which are Added Some Manipuri Proverbs and Specimens of Manipuri Correspondence. Assam Secretariat Press. p. 1.
  4. 4.0 4.1
  5. 5.0 5.1
  6. 6.0 6.1
  7. Hammarström, Harald; Forkel, Robert; Haspelmath, Martin, eds. (2017). "Manipuri". Glottolog 3.0. Jena, Germany: Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
  8. 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)