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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for calli

Historical Examples of calli

  • 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.

  • And he entered his mother's calli, to give her the morning kiss.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for calli


combining form


Word Origin for calli-

from Greek kalli-, from kallos beauty
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