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.
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    • 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.


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  • Relating to or characteristic of the Malayalis.
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    • 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.

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