Definition of diya in English:

diya

noun

Indian
  • A small cup-shaped oil lamp made of baked clay.

    ‘I was glad she used diyas instead of electrical lighting’
    • ‘We had decorated ours with small diyas on every balcony and ledge, and the natural geometry of the hostel building made the entire effect dazzling.’
    • ‘A little girl sold us mud diyas with little candles in them.’
    • ‘I recall a drive outside Delhi, and we passed village after village lit up like a fairyland, with hundreds of clay diyas.’
    • ‘Fireworks whizzed into the sky and diyas and sparkles brought light into many an eye.’
    • ‘During Diwali, for instance, it was difficult to tell if the diyas were lit on the parapet of our house or on that of our Hindu neighbours.’

Origin

From Hindi dīyā.

Pronunciation

diya

/ˈdiːjə/