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a combining form meaning “beautiful,” occurring in loanwords from Greek (calligraphy); on this model, used in the formation of compound words (callisthenics).
Origin of calli-
< Greek kalli- combining form of kállos beauty, akin to kalós beautiful, fair Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for calli
Historical Examples
  • We left calli at daybreak, before the rest of the guests were astir.

    In New Granada W.H.G. Kingston
  • We notice he was chief-of-men from the year one calli to two tecpatl.

    The Prehistoric World E. A. Allen
  • And he entered his mother's calli, to give her the morning kiss.

    The Trapper's Daughter Gustave Aimard
  • Go, retire to your calli; keep silence about all that has happened here.

    The Indian Scout Gustave Aimard
  • The Tigercat has received these travellers in his calli; he has treated them with hospitality.

    The Bee Hunters Gustave Aimard
  • The Canadian went straight to the calli lent his comrades by the Indians.

    The White Scalper Gustave Aimard
  • I must return to the calli of Blackbird, where my friends and relatives await me.

    The White Scalper Gustave Aimard
  • I heard the bone snap, then calli, swearing vengeance, left us.

  • We know but one useful fact: calli and Campo-Basso are at the bottom of this evil.

  • He then turned to calli, and asked, "When were these men arrested?"

British Dictionary definitions for calli


combining form
beautiful: calligraphy
Word Origin
from Greek kalli-, from kallos beauty
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