Definition of kalian in English:


Line breaks: ka¦lian
Pronunciation: /kaˈljɑːn


  • A Persian tobacco pipe with a long tube that draws the smoke through water; a hookah.
    More example sentences
    • They will sip sherbets, drink syrupy tea, smoke kalians, and gossip incessantly.
    • I had smoked a kalian once before, though not very successfully.
    • A guest, if he does not bring his own pipe and pipe-bearer, has a kalian offered to him.


mid 19th century: Persian ḳalyān, from Arabic ġalayān 'bubbling up, boiling'; compare with calean.

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