• (RP) IPA: /ˈmɑːli/
  • (GA) IPA: /ˈmæli/

mali (plural malis)

  1. (India, South Asia) A member of a caste in South Asia whose traditional occupation is gardening; hence, any native gardener. [from 18th c.]
    • 1924, EM Forster, A Passage to India, Penguin 2005, p. 190:
      And, as always, an Indian close outside the window, a mali in this case, picking up sounds.
    • 2008, Amitav Ghosh, Sea of Poppies, Penguin 2015, p. 99:
      the malis who tended the gardens, no less than the owners themselves, vied to outdo each other in the fancifulness of their plantings, creating here a little patch of topiary and there an avenue of trees, trimmed in the French fashion […].

mali (uncountable)

  1. (South Africa) Money, cash. [from 19th c.]

  • IPA: /ˈmɑːli/
Proper noun
  1. A country in West Africa, official=Republic of Mali.
Translations Proper noun
  1. (slang) A Somali

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