Definition of papaloi in English:

papaloi

(also papa loa, papa loi)

noun

  • Chiefly in Haiti: a male voodoo priest.

Origin

Late 19th century. From Haitian Creole papalwa from Yoruba babaláwo priest devoted to Ifá divination, after French papa father. Compare earlier Babalawo.

Pronunciation

papaloi

/ˈpapəlwɑː/