Definition of dhoni in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdəʊni/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun (plural dhonis)

A small wooden sailing vessel used in India and SE Asia.
Example sentences
  • We were safely back aboard the dhoni and heading for our mothership, Sea Spirit.
  • In the Maldives, the main vessel tends to be used as a hotel boat, with a smaller dhoni, like the ones used by the land-based dive centres, used for the actual diving.
  • All boat dives in the Maldives are drift dives - the dhoni follows the current and picks you up where you ascend.


From Telugu doni; compare with Persian dōnī 'yacht'.

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