Pa·​li ˈpä-lē How to pronounce Pali (audio)
: an Indo-Aryan language used as the liturgical and scholarly language of Theravada Buddhism see Indo-European Languages Table

Word History


Sanskrit pāli row, series of Buddhist sacred texts

First Known Use

1693, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Pali was in 1693

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“Pali.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

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