Definition of Diwali noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



(also Divali) noun
BrE BrE//diːˈwɑːli//
; NAmE NAmE//diːˈwɑːli//
(also Deepavali) [uncountable] Religious holidays and festivals
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a Hindu festival that is held in the autumn/fall, celebrated by lighting candles and clay lamps, and with fireworks See related entries: Religious holidays and festivals Word Originfrom Hindi dīvālī, from Sanskrit dīpāvali ‘row of lights’, from dīpā ‘lamp’ + vali ‘row’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Diwali