Definition of khayal in English:

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khayal

Pronunciation: /kəˈjɑːl/
(also khyal)

noun

A traditional type of song from the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, with instrumental accompaniment and typically having two main stanzas.
Example sentences
  • His repertoire consisted of khayals, thumris, ghazals and bhajans.
  • The fusion show will consist of ‘familiar’ ghazals, thumris, khayals and a choice of popular Tamil and Hindi film songs, we are told.
  • Well-known khayal and thumri singer Shubha Mudgal inaugurated a sound studio here.

Origin

From Hindi khayāl.

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