Definition of Mali in English:

Mali

proper noun

  • A landlocked country in West Africa, south of Algeria; population 13,443,200 (est. 2009); languages, French (official), other languages mainly of the Mande group; capital, Bamako.

    Former name (until 1958) French Sudan

Pronunciation:

Mali

/ˈmɑːli/

Definition of mali in English:

mali

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.’
    • ‘And often for the fear of being ridiculed, I would sit with a malis and talk to them in Hindi to improve my language.’
    • ‘The malis are spraying the lawn and it smells like manure.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Via Hindi from Sanskrit, from mālā garland.

Pronunciation:

mali

/ˈmɑːli/