Definition of haveli in English:

haveli

noun

Indian
  • A mansion:

    ‘kitchens were the centre of an Indian home—whether a haveli or a village hut’
    • ‘If you thought only of history, havelis and temples at Jodhpur, Taj Malabar is ready to provide you a more intimate look into the city's features and provide you a peep into the princely kitchens of the city.’
    • ‘Most of the merchants' mansions - known as havelis and built around a central courtyard - have survived intact from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, and indeed most are still inhabited.’
    • ‘We stepped into the immediate past through the curious Pucca Ghat: an elaborate landing stage on the river, built like an ostentatious mansion, a haveli.’
    • ‘She supported her parents and younger siblings, and built a magnificent haveli in Balpurva, her home village in Farrukhabad district of UP.’
    • ‘Heavy levies were placed on traders passing through, and local merchants ploughed the money into the economy, building beautiful havelis, or mansions, and temples carved from local sandstone.’

Origin

Via Hindi from Arabic havelī.

Pronunciation:

haveli

/ˌhʌvəˈliː/