balai

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See also: bālai, bălai, bălăi, bälai, and Ba Lai

Cebuano

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Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /baˈlaʔi/ [bɐˈl̪a.ʔɪ]
  • Hyphenation: ba‧la‧i

Noun

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balai

  1. godmother

Esperanto

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Etymology

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A verbal formation from French balai.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): [baˈlai]
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  • Rhymes: -ai
  • Hyphenation: ba‧la‧i

Verb

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balai (present balaas, past balais, future balaos, conditional balaus, volitive balau)

  1. to sweep

Conjugation

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Derived terms

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French

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Etymology

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Inherited from Old French balain (bundle of broom), from Middle Breton balain, balazn, from Old Breton balan or Gaulish *balano-, from Proto-Celtic *banatlo- (broom plant).

Pronunciation

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Noun

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balai m (plural balais)

  1. broom
  2. broomstick flown by witches
  3. (colloquial) the last bus or train (at night)
  4. tail (of a bird of prey)
  5. brush (electrical contact)
  6. blade (of windscreen wiper)
  7. (slang) year (used in referring to someone’s age)
    Elle a quarante balaisShe’s forty

Derived terms

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Descendants

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  • Esperanto: balai

Further reading

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Indonesian

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Etymology 1

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From Malay balai, from Proto-Malayic *balay, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *balay, from Proto-Austronesian *balay. Semantic loan from Minangkabau balai for sense of market.

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Noun

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balai (plural balai-balai, first-person possessive balaiku, second-person possessive balaimu, third-person possessive balainya)

  1. public hall
    Synonym: paseban
  2. building
    Synonym: gedung
  3. office or bureau
    Synonyms: biro, kantor
  4. house of parliament
  5. (dated) house in a palace
  6. market
    Synonyms: pasar, pekan
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Compounds

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Etymology 2

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Borrowed from Gorontalo [Term?]

Pronunciation

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Noun

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balai (plural balai-balai, first-person possessive balaiku, second-person possessive balaimu, third-person possessive balainya)

  1. cattle tick

Further reading

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Kabuverdianu

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Alternative forms

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Etymology

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From Portuguese balaio.

Noun

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balai

  1. (Sotavento) basket

References

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  • Gonçalves, Manuel (2015) Capeverdean Creole-English dictionary, →ISBN
  • Veiga, Manuel (2012) Dicionário Caboverdiano-Português, Instituto da Biblioteca Nacional e do Livro

Malay

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Etymology

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From Proto-Malayic *balay, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *balay, from Proto-Austronesian *balay.

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Noun

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balai (Jawi spelling بالاي, plural balai-balai, informal 1st possessive balaiku, 2nd possessive balaimu, 3rd possessive balainya)

  1. hall, station, large building for public uses
  2. (possibly obsolete) house
  3. (dialectal) veranda, a front part of traditional house

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Descendants

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Northern Sami

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Pronunciation

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  • (Kautokeino) IPA(key): /ˈpalaj/

Verb

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balai

  1. third-person singular past indicative of ballat

Occitan

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Noun

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balai m (plural balais) (Limousin)

  1. broom

Portuguese

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Verb

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balai

  1. second-person plural imperative of balar

Tagalog

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Noun

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balai (Baybayin spelling ᜊᜎᜁ)

  1. Obsolete spelling of balae.