Definition of Pali in English:

Pali

noun

  • An Indic language, closely related to Sanskrit, in which the sacred texts of Theravada Buddhism are written. Pali developed in northern India in the 5th–2nd centuries BC.

    • ‘As in Thailand, Laos, and Burma, the language of Theravada Buddhist scriptures, Pali, often is studied by young men during temporary periods as monks and is an important influence on literary Khmer.’
    • ‘There he studied the Buddhist religion and learned to read and write Pali as well as Chinese and English’
    • ‘In fact, Sanskrit and Pali have a larger literature in defence of atheism, agnosticism and theological scepticism than exists in any other classical language.’
    • ‘They were taught religion and the religious language of Pali by Buddhist monks.’
    • ‘They deliberately used Pali, the language of the common folk for their discourses, not Sanskrit.’
    • ‘It has been influenced by Pali, the sacred language of southern Buddhism.’
    • ‘Theravada Buddhism is based on the tripitaka, original teachings of the Buddha, written in Pali.’
    • ‘As subsidiaries, we have Punjabi, Pali, Sanskrit, Tamil and Bengali.’
    • ‘When it comes to translating, sometimes a key word is not translatable into meaningful English, and in such cases I have left it in its original Sanskrit or Pali.’
    • ‘Because Modern Indian history does not entail mastering Persian / Urdu or Sanskrit / Pali, the number of world-class historians in this field is considerable and growing.’
    • ‘He preached in Pali, the language of the common people.’
    • ‘Some scholars claim that Pali was the language spoken in the Ujjain region which the Buddha is not recorded as having visited.’
    • ‘Our texts use Sanskrit, Pali and Tamil, but we do not know Tamil.’
    • ‘He translates all the Dhamma and chanting from Sanskrit and Pali into Thai also.’

adjective

  • Relating to Pali.

    • ‘The Vinaya, the compendium of monks' rules in the Pali canon, lists five ‘Reflections before Admonishing.’’
    • ‘What is more, the greatest loss has been inflicted on them by looting their libraries, which contained the treasures of Sanskrit, Pali and Farsi manuscripts.’
    • ‘Buddhists themselves refer to the teaching by the Pali term Dhamma (or in some schools of Buddhism by its Sanskrit equivalent dharma).’
    • ‘But the literature, Pali and Sanskrit, Buddhist and Brahmanical, shows that non-monarchical forms of government were omnipresent.’
    • ‘This was a fine speech given as a spontaneous response to the issue that was raised during a talk given by a Pali scholar visiting Burma in the 1950's.’

Origin

From Pali pāli(-bhāsā) canonical texts.

Pronunciation:

Pali

/ˈpälē/

Definition of pali in English:

pali

noun

  • (in Hawaii) a cliff.

    • ‘Breakouts persist from the Kamoamoa tube system and feed surface flows above and on the pali.’
    • ‘This is a closeup pali, and behind that are some faraway ones covered in clouds, and on the bottom there are some people walking into my picture.’
    • ‘The fluted sea cliffs, or pali, rise like sentries straight up from the green valleys and white sand beaches below.’

Origin

Hawaiian.

Pronunciation:

pali

/ˈpälē/