There are 2 main definitions of pali in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

pali1

Syllabification: pa·li
Pronunciation: /ˈpälē
 
/

noun (plural same or palis)

(In Hawaii) a cliff.
Example sentences
  • This is a closeup pali, and behind that are some faraway ones covered in clouds, and on the bottom there are some people walking into my picture.
  • The fluted sea cliffs, or pali, rise like sentries straight up from the green valleys and white sand beaches below.
  • Breakouts persist from the Kamoamoa tube system and feed surface flows above and on the pali.

Origin

Hawaiian.

Definition of pali in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

There are 2 main definitions of pali in English:

Share this entry

Share this page

Pali2

Syllabification: Pa·li
Pronunciation: /ˈpälē
 
/

noun

An Indic language, closely related to Sanskrit, in which the sacred texts of Theravada Buddhism are written. Pali developed in northern India in the 5th-2nd centuries bc.
Example sentences
  • It has been influenced by Pali, the sacred language of southern Buddhism.
  • As in Thailand, Laos, and Burma, the language of Theravada Buddhist scriptures, Pali, often is studied by young men during temporary periods as monks and is an important influence on literary Khmer.
  • They were taught religion and the religious language of Pali by Buddhist monks.

adjective

Back to top  
Relating to Pali.
Example sentences
  • Buddhists themselves refer to the teaching by the Pali term Dhamma (or in some schools of Buddhism by its Sanskrit equivalent dharma).
  • The Vinaya, the compendium of monks' rules in the Pali canon, lists five ‘Reflections before Admonishing.’
  • This was a fine speech given as a spontaneous response to the issue that was raised during a talk given by a Pali scholar visiting Burma in the 1950's.

Origin

from Pali pāli(-bhāsā) 'canonical texts'.

Words that rhyme with Pali

Bali, barley, Cali, Carly, Charlie, Dali, Diwali, finale, gnarly, Gurkhali, Kali, Kigali, Mali, Marley, marly, parley, snarly, Somali, Svengali, tamale

Definition of pali in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.