Definition of khayal in English:


Line breaks: kha¦yal
Pronunciation: /kəˈjɑːl
(also khyal)


  • A traditional type of song from the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, with instrumental accompaniment and typically having two main stanzas.
    More 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.


from Hindi khayāl.

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