Definition of Malayali in English:


Line breaks: Ma¦lay|ali
Pronunciation: /məˈlʌɪəli
(also Malayalee)

noun (plural Malayalis)

A member of a Malayalam-speaking people chiefly inhabiting the Indian state of Kerala.
More example sentences
  • It's not too common that Malayalis dominate a Tamil movie.
  • For this song the kids appeared on the stage dressed as Malayalis, Gujaratis and Punjabis.
  • Building homes is a favourite pastime of Malayalis.


Back to top  
Relating to or characteristic of the Malayalis.
More example sentences
  • She looks like any other 16-year-old rustic Malayali girl off to the nearest government-aided school.
  • There are only four Malayali families in the 2.5 s.q. miles, which comes under the purview of the Westwood Council.
  • Unfortunately, upcoming Malayali models, especially girls, have to go to places like Bangalore and Mumbai to make it big.


mid 19th century: apparently irregularly from Malayalam malayāḷam Malayalam with substitution of -i2 for the final syllable.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day deictic
Pronunciation: ˈdeɪktɪk
denoting a word whose meaning depends on context...