Definition of vlei in English:

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Pronunciation: /fleɪ/
Pronunciation: /vlʌɪ/

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South African
1A shallow natural pool of water.
Example sentences
  • Springs and vleis (shallow depressions) were also critical as water sources.
1.1 [mass noun] Low-lying, marshy ground, covered with water during the rainy season.
Example sentences
  • In 1854 the Town of Durban was a small settlement on a sandy plane surrounded by swamps (the eastern and western vlei's) and the bay.
  • A second flank of the fire was burning towards Kommetjie, but fire fighters were optimistic that it would burn out in a nearby vlei, which stood between the fire's present position and the village.


Afrikaans, from Dutch vallei 'valley'.

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