from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A Prakit language that is a scriptural and liturgical language of Theravada Buddhism.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A Middle Indo-Aryan language (Devanagari पाऴि) of north India, closely related to Sanskrit; the sacred language of the Buddhist scriptures. It has no native script, so it may be written in various alphabets, including Devanagari, Burmese, and Roman.
- proper n. The Prakrit language of the Buddha.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. pl. of palus.
- n. A dialect descended from Sanskrit, and like that, a dead language, except when used as the sacred language of the Buddhist religion in Farther India, etc.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The sacred language of the Buddhists in Ceylon and Farther India: a Prakritic dialect, or later form of Sanskrit.
- Of or pertaining to the Pali language or alphabet.
- n. Plural of palus.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an ancient Prakrit language (derived from Sanskrit) that is the scriptural and liturgical language of Theravada Buddhism
Short for Sanskrit pālibhāṣā, language of the row, series of Buddhist sacred texts, from pāliḥ, row, perhaps of Dravidian origin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Literally, pāli means "line" or "(canonical) text". (Wiktionary)