Definition of vlei in English:


Pronunciation /fleɪ//vlʌɪ/


South African
  • 1A shallow natural pool of water.

    • ‘Springs and vleis (shallow depressions) were also critical as water sources.’
    1. 1.1mass noun Low-lying, marshy ground, covered with water during the rainy season.
      • ‘In 1854 the Town of Durban was a small settlement on a sandy plane surrounded by swamps (the eastern and western vlei's) and the bay.’
      • ‘A second flank of the fire was burning towards Kommetjie, but fire fighters were optimistic that it would burn out in a nearby vlei, which stood between the fire's present position and the village.’


Afrikaans, from Dutch vallei ‘valley’.