Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
- (music, uncountable) A style of Muslim devotional music, especially among the Sufis, accompanied by drums and harmonium.
- (music, countable) A song in this style.
- 1994: Simon Broughton, World Music: The Rough Guide
- Jameela Siddiqi listens to qawwali and talks to its performers,
- The term "qawwali" refers both to the genre itself and its performance.