Meaning of diya in English:


Pronunciation /ˈdiːjə/


  • A small cup-shaped oil lamp made of baked clay.

    ‘I was glad she used diyas instead of electrical lighting’
    • ‘I recall a drive outside Delhi, and we passed village after village lit up like a fairyland, with hundreds of clay diyas.’
    • ‘Fireworks whizzed into the sky and diyas and sparkles brought light into many an eye.’
    • ‘A little girl sold us mud diyas with little candles in them.’
    • ‘During Diwali, for instance, it was difficult to tell if the diyas were lit on the parapet of our house or on that of our Hindu neighbours.’
    • ‘We had decorated ours with small diyas on every balcony and ledge, and the natural geometry of the hostel building made the entire effect dazzling.’


From Hindi dīyā.