from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Ali 600?-661. Muslim caliph (656-661) after whose assassination Islam was divided into Sunnite and Shiite sects.
  • Ali, Muhammad Originally Cassius Marcellus Clay (klā) Born 1942. American prizefighter who won the world heavyweight title in 1964, 1974, and 1978.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name, derived from the Arabic root `-l-y which means "paramount".
  • proper n. The Muslim caliph Ali ibn Abi Talib, the rejection and assassination of whom, led to the schism between Sunni and Shiite branches. Arabic:(علي بن ابي طالب)
  • proper n. A Muslim surname
  • proper n. A diminutive of the female given names Alison, Alyson, Allyson or Allison, also spelled Allie.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the fourth caliph of Islam who is considered to be the first caliph by Shiites; he was a cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad; after his assassination Islam was divided into Shiite and Sunnite sects
  • n. United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)


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