Pali

noun
Pa·​li | \ ˈpä-lē How to pronounce Pali (audio) \

Definition of Pali

: an Indo-Aryan language used as the liturgical and scholarly language of Theravada Buddhism — see Indo-European Languages Table

First Known Use of Pali

1693, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Pali

Sanskrit pāli row, series of Buddhist sacred texts

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Pali

Statistics for Pali

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for Pali

The first known use of Pali was in 1693

See more words from the same year

More from Merriam-Webster on Pali

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with Pali

Comments on Pali

What made you want to look up Pali? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

not to be persuaded, moved, or stopped

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Words from Greek and Latin Quiz

  • roman forum
  • Which of the following months comes from a Latin word for “ten”?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!