vlei

noun \in sense 1 ˈf|lā or ˈv| or |lī or Afrik ˈfləi, in sense 2 ˈvlī or ˈflī\
variants: less commonly

vlaie

or

vly

\in sense 1 ˈf|lā or ˈv| or |lī or Afrik ˈfləi, in sense 2 ˈvlī or ˈflī\

Definition of vlei

plural

-s

  1. 1 less commonly vley southern Africa :  a marshy depression in which water collects in the wet season :  a temporary lake :  pan

  2. 2 North :  marsh

Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:

  • 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Origin and Etymology of vlei

in sense 1, from Afrikaans vlei meadow, valley, vlei, from Middle Dutch valeye valley, field, from Old French valee; in sense 2, from obsolete Dutch dialect (Hudson valley) vlei, from Middle Dutch valeye — more at valley


Seen and Heard

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

WORD OF THE DAY

capable of being understood in two ways

Get Word of the Day daily email!