Definition of mudalali in English:

mudalali

noun

  • In Sri Lanka and southern India: a proprietor, a business person, an entrepreneur (especially one not affecting Western dress and not doing business in English).

Origin

Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Horace Wilson (1786–1860), Sanskritist. From Sinhala mudalāli and its etymon Tamil mutalāḷi proprietor from mutal property. Cf mudaliyar.

Pronunciation

mudalali

/mʊdəˈlɑːli/