Algerian Arabic

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Etymology

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From Arabic لَيْل (layl), from Proto-Semitic *laylay- (night).

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Noun

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ليل (līlm (plural ليالي (lyāli))

  1. nighttime, night
    Antonym: نهار (nhār)

Arabic

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Etymology

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From the root ل ي ل (l-y-l). From Proto-Semitic *layl-.

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /lajl/
  • Audio:(file)

Noun

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لَيْل (laylm (usually uncountable)

  1. nighttime, night
    Antonym: نَهَار (nahār)
  2. (countable, obsolete) chick of a bustard (حُبَارَى (ḥubārā)) and/or curlew (كَرَوَان (karawān))
  3. (countable, obsolete) bustard hen; bustard in general

Declension

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Derived terms

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References

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  • Wehr, Hans (1979) “ليل”, in J. Milton Cowan, editor, A Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, 4th edition, Ithaca, NY: Spoken Language Services, →ISBN

Egyptian Arabic

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Etymology

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From Arabic لَيْل (layl).

Noun

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ليل (līlm (collective, singulative ليلة f (līla), plural ليالي (layālī))

  1. nighttime, night
    الدنيا بقيت ليلid-dinyā baʾyit līlNight came.
    الليلة ديil-līlatoday

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Hijazi Arabic

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Root
ل ي ل
1 term

Etymology 1

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From Arabic لَيْل (layl).

Pronunciation

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  • IPA(key): /ˈleːl/, [ˈle̞ːl]

Noun

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ليل (lēlm (collective, singulative ليلة f (lēla), plural ليالي (layāli))

  1. nighttime, night

Etymology 2

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From French Lille.

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Proper noun

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ليل (līlf

  1. Lille (a city in France)

Moroccan Arabic

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Etymology 1

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From Arabic لَيْل (layl).

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Noun

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لَيْل or لِيل (layl or līlm (plural ليالي (lyāli))

  1. nighttime, night
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Etymology 2

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From Arabic لِ (li). The final -l may be due to backformation from the personal forms, themselves derived by reduplication. Compare Maltese lil (to, with).

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Preposition

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ليل (līl)

  1. for
    Synonym: ل (li)
Inflection
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Inflected forms of ليل
Base form ليل (līl)
Personal-pronoun-
including forms
singular plural
m f
1st person ليلي (līli) ليلنا (līlna)
2nd person ليلك (līlek) ليلك (līlki) ليلكم (līlkum)
3rd person ليله (līlu) ليلها (līlha) ليلهم (līlhum)

South Levantine Arabic

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القدس في الليلJerusalem at night

Etymology

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From Arabic لَيْل (layl).

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Noun

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ليل (lēlm (collective, singulative ليلة f (lēle), plural ليالي (layāli))

  1. night, nighttime
    Antonym: نهار (nhār)
    نصّ الليلnoṣṣ il-lēlmidnight
    Audio (Ramallah):(file)

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