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Li

Li

(lē)
,
Noun.
1.
A Chinese measure of distance, being a little more than one third of a mile.
2.
A Chinese copper coin; a cash. See
Cash
.

Definition 2022


Li

Li

See also: Appendix:Variations of "li"

Translingual

Symbol

Li

  1. (chemistry) The symbol for lithium.

English

Alternative forms

Proper noun

Li

  1. A surname of Chinese origin, a transcription of ()
  2. A surname of Chinese origin, a transcription of other less common names such as () and ()
  3. A surname of Korean origin, a variant of Lee and Rhee (Hanja: ; Hangul: & )
  4. A county in Gansu province in China

Translations

Anagrams


Vietnamese

Alternative forms

Pronunciation

Proper noun

Li

  1. A female given name

li

li

See also: Appendix:Variations of "li"

English

Noun

li (plural lis or li)

  1. The Chinese mile, a traditional unit of distance equal to 1500 chis or 150 zhangs, now standardized as a half-kilometer (500 meters).
Synonyms
Translations

Etymology 2

From Mandarin 市厘 ().

Noun

li (plural li)

  1. A traditional Chinese unit of weight, equal to one-thousandth of a liang, or fifty milligrams.

Etymology 3

From Mandarin ().

Noun

li (plural li)

  1. (Chinese philosophy) A meaningful ceremony or ritual; etiquette, behaviour.

Etymology 4

From Mandarin ().

Noun

li (plural li)

  1. An ancient Chinese cauldron having three hollow legs.

Anagrams


Albanian

Etymology 1

Noun

li f

  1. smallpox

Etymology 2

From Latin līnum.

Noun

li m

  1. flax

Aromanian

Etymology

From Latin illis, dative common plural of ille. Compare Romanian le.

Pronoun

li f (short/unstressed accusative form of eali)

  1. (direct object) them (all-female group)

Related terms

  • (feminine/masculine plural dative- short/unstressed form)
  • u (feminine singular accusative- short/unstressed form)
  • (a) lor (feminine/masculine plural dative- long/stressed form)

Catalan

Etymology

From Latin illī, dative common singular of ille.

Pronoun

li (enclitic and proclitic)

  1. him, her, it (indirect object)

Declension


Dutch

Pronunciation

Noun

li m (uncountable)

  1. li (Chinese unit of distance).

Esperanto

Etymology

From Italian lui, French lui, or Spanish le, plus the i of personal pronouns.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /li/

Pronoun

li (accusative lin, possessive lia)

  1. (personal pronoun) he

Related terms

  • ili (they)

Derived terms


French

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /li/

Noun

li m (plural lis)

  1. li (Chinese unit of distance).

Anagrams


Haitian Creole

Etymology 1

From French lui.

Pronoun

li

  1. he
  2. him
  3. she
  4. her
  5. it

Etymology 2

From French lire.

Verb

li

  1.  To read

Ido

Etymology

lu (he, him, she, her, it, that) + -i (-s; plural)

Pronoun

li pl

  1. they, them

Related terms

  • ili (they, them) (masculine)
  • eli (they, them) (feminine)
  • oli (they, them) (neuter)

Interlingue

Article

li

  1. the

Istriot

Article

li

  1. masculine plural definite article
    • 1877, Antonio Ive, Canti popolari istriani: raccolti a Rovigno, volume 5, Ermanno Loescher, page 40:
      Ti me pari oûna dea infra li dai,
      You seem to me a goddess among the gods,

Italian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /li/, [l̺i]
  • Homophone:

Etymology 1

From Latin illī, nominative plural of ille.

Article

li (singular lo)

  1. (archaic) Form of i before a vowel, impure s, gn, pn, ps, x, and z, and also with the plural noun dei; the

Pronoun

li

  1. Archaic form of gli.

Etymology 2

Pronoun

li

  1. them

Etymology 3

  1. Misspelling of .

Related terms

Anagrams


Kurdish

Preposition

li

  1. in
    li Kurdistanê (in Kurdistan)
  2. li ser: on:
    li ser maseyê (on the table)


Livonian

Verb

li

  1. 2nd person singular imperative form of lǟdõ

Lojban

Cmavo

li

  1. indicates that the next word is a number or mathematical expression used as a sumti

Usage notes

  • A sumti phrase begun with li ends with the elidable terminator lo'o unless no ambiguity results (in which case the terminator is elided).
  • The numerals following the li end with the elidable terminator boi (unless no ambiguity results (in which case the terminator is elided)).
  • In some instances, lo'o and boi may be interchangeable, yielding parsings with essentially the same structure.

Related terms


Maltese

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /li/

Pronoun

li

  1. (relative) who; that
    ir-raġel li seraq il-karozza
    the man who stole the car

Mandarin

Romanization

li (Zhuyin ㄌㄧ˙)

  1. Pinyin transcription of
  2. Pinyin transcription of
  3. Pinyin transcription of
  4. Pinyin transcription of

li

  1. Nonstandard spelling of .
  2. Nonstandard spelling of .
  3. Nonstandard spelling of .
  4. Nonstandard spelling of .

Usage notes

  • English transcriptions of Mandarin speech often fail to distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without the appropriate indication of tone.

Mauritian Creole

Etymology

From French le, lui

Pronoun

li

  1. he, she, it (third-person singular personal pronoun)

See also


Michif

Etymology

From French le.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [lɪ]

Article

li m (feminine la, masculine and feminine plural lii)

  1. the

Miskito

Noun

li

  1. water

References

  • Eduard Conzemius, Ethnographical Survey of the Miskito and Sumu Indians (1932)

Neapolitan

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /i/

Pronoun

li

  1. Alternative form of 'i

Niuatoputapu

Article

li

  1. the

Norman

Etymology

From Old French li, from Vulgar Latin *illui, a Vulgar Latin dative of Classical Latin ille.

Pronoun

li

  1. (Guernsey) him

Norwegian

Etymology

From Old Norse hlíð

Noun

li

  1. A sloping mountainside or hillside covered with grass or forest.

Inflection

References

  • “li” in The Bokmål Dictionary / The Nynorsk Dictionary.
  • li” in The Ordnett Dictionary

Novial

Article

li

  1. the

Old French

Etymology 1

From Latin ille (that).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /li/

Article

li

  1. the (masculine nominative singular and plural definite article)
Inflection

Etymology 2

Pronoun

li

  1. third-person singular indirect object pronoun; to him, to her, to it
Descendants

Old Provençal

Etymology

From Latin ille (that).

Article

li

  1. the (masculine nominative singular and plural definite article)

Polish

Etymology 1

Adverb

li (not comparable)

  1. (obsolete) only

Etymology 2

From Mandarin

Noun

li n (indeclinable)

  1. li, Chinese unit of distance
  2. li, Chinese unit of weight
  3. li, a meaningful ceremony or ritual

Portuguese

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -i

Verb

li

  1. First-person singular (eu) preterite indicative of ler

Romanian

Pronoun

li (dative form of ele; form of le)

  1. to them

Usage notes

This word is used when le (which is dative) is combined with the following accusatives:

  • îl (the accusative of el, contracted as li-l)
  • îi (the accusative of ei, contracted as li-i)
  • le (the accusative of ele)
  • se (the reflexive accusative of all third-person pronouns)

See also


Serbo-Croatian

Etymology

From Proto-Slavic *li.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /li/

Particle

li (Cyrillic spelling ли)

  1. question-forming interrogative particle (postpositive, unlike other particles, never first word in a sentence)
    poznaješ li me — do you know me?
    jesi li stigao na odredište? — did you reach the destination?
    jeste li ga vid(j)eli — have you seen him?
    gd(j)e li se samo nalazimo? — where could we be?
    kad li će doći? — when will he/they come?
    je li? — Is it? (Is that so? Isn't that so?)
  2. used as conjunction with da (not in Croatian, "da li" in any form is incorrect and should be replaced with "je li")
    da li — whether
    nemam pojma da li je došao — I have no idea whether he came (Croatian: "nemam pojma je li došao")
  3. (as a conjunction) if
    pokušaš li me napasti, ja ću ti uzvratitishould you try to attack me, I'll strike you back (when "li" is used in this sense, it is usually translated as a subjunctive form "should", and when "ako" is used, it is usually translated as "if" - ako me pokušaš napasti = if you try to attack me)
  4. used as an emphatic intensifier
    a sn(ijeg) pada li pada — the snow just keeps falling and falling...
    d(ij)ete plače li plače — the child just keeps crying and crying...

Sicilian

Etymology

From Latin illī or illae, nominative plurals of ille.

Article

li m f pl

  1. (definite) the

See also

Sicilian articles
Masculine Feminine
indefinite singular un, nu na
definite singular lu, û la, â
definite plural li, î li, î

Vietnamese

Alternative forms

Etymology

Sino-Vietnamese word from (“glass”)

Pronunciation

Noun

(classifier cái) li

  1. cup, glass (def. 2)

See also


Volapük

Particle

li

  1. Appended with a hyphen to a verb, it turns the entire clause it is in into a question.

Walloon

Alternative forms

l', el

Article

li m, f

  1. the (before a singular name)

Pronoun

li

  1. him, her, it (direct object, before verb)