Try Our Apps


The Best Internet Slang


[kah-lee] /ˈkɑ li/
noun, Hinduism.
the wife of Shiva and the malevolent form of the Mother Goddess.
Compare Pārvatī. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for kali
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • A glance at his chief had warned kali that trouble was in the air.

  • As we waited for the tram, someone said, "Would you like to see kali?"

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • Actually, this hideous kali stood to them for the Divine Mother.

    Appearances Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson
  • An alkali procured by burning Salsola kali and other sea-shore plants.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • They're the web-weavers, the line-throwers, the connectors, Siva and kali united in love.

    No Great Magic Fritz Reuter Leiber
  • They have discovered the possessor of the diamond of the goddess kali.

    Sixes and Sevens

    O. Henry
  • kali dances over the battlefield and leaps on her husband's body.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • Dowson regards the demon kali as the personification of the kali Yuga.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
British Dictionary definitions for kali


/ˈkælɪ; ˈkeɪ-/
another name for saltwort (sense 1)


the Hindu goddess of destruction, consort of Siva. Her cult was characterized by savagery and cannibalism
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for kali


a name of Devi, the Hindu mother-goddess, in her death-goddess aspect, 1798, from Sanskrit kali, literally "the black one," fem. of kalah "blue-black, black," from a Dravidian language. Also taken as the fem. of kala "time" (as destroyer). She is portrayed as black-skinned, blood-smeared, and wearing a necklace of skulls and a girdle of snakes.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for Kālī

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for kali

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for kali