Meaning of Akali in English:


Pronunciation /əˈkɑːli/

nounplural noun Akalis

  • A member of a Sikh political group.

    ‘Political interference in religious matters of the Sikh community by the Akalis witnessed many unpleasant happenings in the last three years.’
    • ‘Philosophically speaking, Akali and Khalsa and Sikh are synonymous.’
    • ‘Chief Minister Prakash Singh Badal has made a valiant attempt to put Sikh, or rather Akali, particularism in a national framework.’
    • ‘Every time this undemocratic demand gets checkmated by other political parties through democratic means, the Akalis reserve the right to revert back to quasi-secessionist sentiment.’
    • ‘They said that rivalry between two Akali leaders had led to this condition and the model school at Jawaharsinghwala village was developed at the cost of this school.’


From Punjabi akālī, literally ‘follower of the Immortal One’.