Definition of dhoni in English:

dhoni

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Pronunciation: /ˈdəʊni
 
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noun (plural dhonis)

  • A small wooden sailing vessel used in India and SE Asia.
    More 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.

Origin

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

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