The Tirupparankunram inscription found near Madurai in Tamil Nadu and dated on palaeographical grounds to the 1st century BCE, refers to a person as a householder from Eelam (Eela-kudumpikan).
The Sangam literature Paṭṭiṉappālai, mentions Eelattu-unavu (food from Eelam).
Meaning "inferior in rank or status" (of persons) emerged early 14c.; that of "ordinary" from late 14c.; that of "stingy, nasty" first recorded 1660s; weaker sense of "disobliging, pettily offensive" is from 1839, originally American English slang. In statistics, an average of a group of numbers or data points.
With a group of numbers, the mean is obtained by adding them and dividing by the number of numbers in the group.
The exact etymology and the original meaning of the word are not clearly known, and there are number of conflicting theories.
Tamil has around 247 alphabets and to be honest, it isn't easy to learn.
syn: meaning, sense, significance, purport denote that which is expressed or indicated by language or action.
sense may also be used of meaning that is intelligible or reasonable: There's no sense in what you say.
significance refers to a meaning that is only implied: the significance of a glance.