Definition of thali in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtɑːli/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun (plural thalis)

1A set meal at an Indian restaurant.
Example sentences
  • The long menu runs from Mexican nachos with refried beans to Indian thalis, Greek salads and Middle Eastern meze.
  • We all ended up at Masala Zone for grand thalis and (Enid Blyton stylee) lashings of homemade lemonade.
  • If you want a more relaxed approach, then the pantry provides delicious thalis at your seat via your personal bearer.
1.1A metal plate on which Indian food is served.
Example sentences
  • As you might guess, the two options are both thalis, those metal plates with recessed sections for the various foodstuffs.
  • She would put another roti on the floor next to the thali, say a prayer and sprinkle water on the roti.
  • Meals are served on a thali, a metal tray on which roti, rice, and small bowls are placed.


From Hindi thālī, from Sanskrit sthālī.

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