Abou Ammar

PLO chairman Yasser Arafat. Palestinian leaders in the Fatah faction used real or fictional kunyas as noms de guerre or nicknames

Origin:

Arabic

Adhan

Call to prayer by the muezzin in the mosque five times a day.

Origin:

Arabic

Al Hamdulillah

Praise to Allah

Origin:

Arabic

Abaya

A robe-like dress worn by women

Origin:

Arabic

Amma

Mother

Origin:

Sinhalese, Tamil

Ammamma

Maternal grandmother

Origin:

Tamil

Ammappa

Maternal grandfather

Origin:

Tamil

Anna

Elder brother

Origin:

Tamil

Appamma

Paternal grandmother

Origin:

Tamil

Appappa

Paternal grandfather

Origin:

Tamil

Arrack or Arak

Alcohol distilled from the fermented sap of coconut and palmyra palm flowers

Origin:

English, Arabic

Ashbal

Or ‘Lion Cubs’ was a name given to orphans who fought with the PLO in Lebanon

Origin:

Arabic

Aayu-bowan

‘May You Live Long’ is the customary greeting of the Sri Lankans that denotes welcome, goodbye, respect, devotion or loyalty to suit the occasion. The palms of the two hands are held close together against the chest and the head bowed.

Origin:

Sinhalese

Allahu Akbar

The Takbir (Allah is greater) has traditionally been used by Muslims as a battle cry

Origin:

Arabic

Assallam alaikum

Islamic greeting meaning ‘Peace be upon you’. Sometimes shortened to Salaam.

Origin:

Arabic

Appa

Father

Origin:

Tamil

Abhayagiri Vihara

Abhayagiri Vihāra was a major monastery site of Theravada Buddhism that was situated in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka. It is one of the most extensive ruins in the world and one of the most sacred Buddhist pilgrimage cities in the nation. One of the focal points of the complex is an ancient stupa, the Abhayagiri Dagaba.

Origin:

Pali

Aluth Avurudu

Sinhalese New Year or Aluth Avurudu is the traditional New Year of the Sinhalese people in Sri Lanka. It is a major anniversary celebrated by most Sri Lankans.  For farming communities, the traditional new year festival is a festival of harvest as well.

Origin:

Sinhalese