chai

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See also: Chai, chái, chài, chāi, chǎi, and -chai

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Alternative forms[edit]

Noun[edit]

chai (plural chais)

  1. A female gypsy.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Hindi-Urdu चाय (cāy) / چائے(cāy), from Persian چای‎ (and Turkish çay, and cognates)[1] from Sinitic (chá).[2] Doublet of tea; see that page for extended history.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • enPR: chī, IPA(key): /t͡ʃaɪ/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -aɪ

Noun[edit]

chai (usually uncountable, plural chais)

  1. short for masala chai, a beverage made with black teas, steamed milk and sweet spices, based loosely on Indian recipes.
Synonyms[edit]
Related terms[edit]
Translations[edit]
References[edit]
  1. ^ "chai." Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. Merriam-Webster. 2008.
  2. ^ "chai." Dictionary.com. The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. 2006.
Further reading[edit]

Anagrams[edit]


Caló[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Inherited from Romani ćhaj.

Noun[edit]

chai f (plural chais)

  1. girl
  2. (antiphrastic) harlot, prostitute

References[edit]

  • chai” in J. Tineo Rebolledo, A Chipicalli (La Llengua Gitana), Granada: Gómez de la Cruz, 1900, →OCLC, page 32.
  • chai” in Francisco Quindalé, Diccionario gitano, Madrid: Oficina Tipográfica del Hospicio.
  • chai” in Vocabulario : Caló - Español, Portal del Flamenco y Universidad.

Finnish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈtsɑi̯/, [ˈts̠ɑi̯]
  • Rhymes: -ɑi
  • Syllabification(key): chai

Noun[edit]

chai

  1. (colloquial, jargon) Clipping of chai latte (chai latte).

Declension[edit]

Inflection of chai (Kotus type 18/maa, no gradation)
nominative chai chait
genitive chain chaiden
chaitten
partitive chaita chaita
illative chaihin chaihin
singular plural
nominative chai chait
accusative nom. chai chait
gen. chain
genitive chain chaiden
chaitten
partitive chaita chaita
inessive chaissa chaissa
elative chaista chaista
illative chaihin chaihin
adessive chailla chailla
ablative chailta chailta
allative chaille chaille
essive chaina chaina
translative chaiksi chaiksi
instructive chain
abessive chaitta chaitta
comitative chaineen
Possessive forms of chai (type maa)
possessor singular plural
1st person chaini chaimme
2nd person chaisi chainne
3rd person chainsa

French[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Via English chai from Urdu چائے(cāe), Hindi चाय (cāy, tea).

Alternative forms[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

chai m (plural chais)

  1. masala chai (a tea drink)

Etymology 2[edit]

From Occitan [Term?].

Pronunciation[edit]

Homophone: Chaix

Noun[edit]

chai m (plural chais)

  1. wine cellar
    Mis en bouteille dans nos chais.Bottled in our wine cellars.
    Synonym: cave à vin

Further reading[edit]


Jamaican Creole[edit]

Verb[edit]

chai

  1. (Maroon Spirit Language) Carry.

Mandarin[edit]

Romanization[edit]

chai

  1. Nonstandard spelling of chāi.
  2. Nonstandard spelling of chái.
  3. Nonstandard spelling of chǎi.
  4. Nonstandard spelling of chài.

Usage notes[edit]

  • 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.

Maquiritari[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Suffix[edit]

chai

  1. Allomorph of tai used after words that end in i.
  2. Allomorph of kwai used after words that end in i.

Min Nan[edit]

For pronunciation and definitions of chai – see (“to know; to understand; to comprehend; to cause to know; to tell; to inform; etc.”).
(This character, chai, is the Pe̍h-ōe-jī form of .)

Navajo[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

-chai (inalienable, e.g., shichai "my grandfather/grandson", bichai "her/his/their grandfather/grandson")

  1. maternal grandfather, mother's father, grandson (from daughter), daughter's son

Norman[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

(This etymology is missing or incomplete. Please add to it, or discuss it at the Etymology scriptorium.)

Noun[edit]

chai f (uncountable)

  1. (France, Jersey) flesh

Swahili[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Likely from Persian چای(čāy), but perhaps reinforced by Urdu چای‎/Hindi चाय (cāy).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

chai (n class, plural chai)

  1. tea
  2. (Tanzania) breakfast
    Synonyms: kiamsha kinywa, kifungua kinywa
  3. (slang, Kenya) a small bribe, a petty bribe (likened to the cost, and function, of a cup of tea)

Derived terms[edit]


Tày[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Noun[edit]

chai

  1. bottle
    chai lẩubottle of wine

Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Thai เจ (jee).

Verb[edit]

chai

  1. to fast
    chai tón nângto fast for one meal

Adjective[edit]

chai (⿻斋丷)

  1. vegan, especially in the Buddhist style
    kin chaito go vegan
    否容易𫩒{⿻斋丷}地下
    Bấu doòng dỉ kin chai tỉ giả
    It's not easy to be a vegan on Earth.
  2. in an ordinary, even lackluster, way
    kin khẩu chaito eat plain rice
  3. old, specifically past something's developmental phase
    mảy khửn chai
    bamboo shoots that grow even when it's too old to grow

References[edit]

  • Hoàng Văn Ma; Lục Văn Pảo; Hoàng Chí (2006) Từ điển Tày-Nùng-Việt [Tay-Nung-Vietnamese dictionary] (in Vietnamese), Hanoi: Nhà xuất bản Từ điển Bách khoa Hà Nội
  • Lương Bèn (2011) Từ điển Tày-Việt [Tay-Vietnamese dictionary]‎[[1][2]] (in Vietnamese), Thái Nguyên: Nhà Xuất bản Đại học Thái Nguyên
  • Lục Văn Pảo; Hoàng Tuấn Nam (2003), Hoàng Triều Ân, editor, Từ điển chữ Nôm Tày [A Dictionary of (chữ) Nôm Tày]‎[3] (in Vietnamese), Hanoi: Nhà xuất bản Khoa học Xã hội

Vietnamese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

(classifier cái) chai (𥑂)

  1. a bottle
  2. (slang) one million dongs
    Synonym: củ

Descendants[edit]

  • Tai Dam: ꪊꪱꪥ

Adjective[edit]

chai

  1. (of skin) callous
    vết chaia callus
    bị chai tayto have calluses on one's hand
    chai sạncallous; apathetic

Anagrams[edit]