Main definitions of mali in English

: mali1Mali2

mali1

noun

Indian
  • A gardener.

    • ‘The match took place at the R.S.I. ground, a lovely piece of turf maintained by the army malis, with a row of trees ringing the outfield.’
    • ‘Time to get into faded old dungarees and check if the Poinsettia has grown any more and if the pump still works, if the mali is absconding, if the stray donkey is still around.’
    • ‘The malis are spraying the lawn and it smells like manure.’
    • ‘And often for the fear of being ridiculed, I would sit with a malis and talk to them in Hindi to improve my language.’

Origin

Via Hindi from Sanskrit, from mālā ‘garland’.

Pronunciation

mali

/ˈmɑːli/

Main definitions of mali in English

: mali1Mali2

Mali2

proper noun

  • A landlocked country in West Africa, south of Algeria; population 17,600,000 (estimated 2015); languages, French (official), other languages mainly of the Mande group; capital, Bamako.

    Former name (until 1958) French Sudan

Conquered by the French in the late 19th century, Mali became part of French West Africa. It became a partner with Senegal in the Federation of Mali in 1959 and achieved full independence a year later, on the withdrawal of Senegal

Pronunciation

Mali

/ˈmɑːli/