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

English

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Etymology 1

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

Noun

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chai (plural chais)

  1. A female gypsy.
    Coordinate term: chal
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Etymology 2

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From Hindustani चाय / چائے (cāy), from Classical Persian چَای (čāy) (and Turkish çay, and cognates)[1] from Sinitic (chá).[2] Doublet of tea; see that page for extended history.

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chai (usually uncountable, plural chais)

  1. Ellipsis of masala chai, a beverage made with black teas, steamed milk and sweet spices, based loosely on Indian recipes.
    • 2023, Santanu Bhattacharya, One Small Voice, Fig Tree, page 350:
      ‘So much for making chai,ʼ she teases, but lets him do the rest of the work. He adds the tea leaves to the boiling milk, then strains the liquid into cups.
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Etymology 3

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Borrowed from Hebrew חַי (kháy, alive).

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chai

  1. (Judaism) A Jewish symbol representing life, traditionally worn as an amulet.
    • 1995 May 21, Steven Levy, “The Unabomber and David Gelernter”, in The New York Times[1], →ISSN:
      Nothing hangs on the walls, though a stained-glass Hebrew chai leans against the window.
    • 2011 February 18, Mark Marino, “Kosher beef between two rappers”, in CNN[2], archived from the original on 1 February 2023:
      Today, he [Drake] wears a diamond-studded Chai, a symbol of the Jewish word for life, and has his mother pressuring him to marry "a nice Jewish girl," according to Heeb magazine.
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Etymology 4

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Borrowed from French chai, from Occitan.

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chai (plural chais)

  1. (winemaking) A place above ground for storing wine casks.
    • 2004, Clive Coates, The Wines of Bordeaux, University of California Press, →ISBN, page 302:
      The Kanon era lasted a mere 10 years, yet he had the château constructed, invested substantially in the vineyard and chais, and established the wine as one of the leading labels in the area.

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  1. ^ chai”, in Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996–present.
  2. ^ chai”, in Dictionary.com Unabridged, Dictionary.com, LLC, 1995–present.

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Anagrams

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Caló

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Etymology

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Inherited from Romani ćhaj.

Noun

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chai f (plural chais)

  1. girl
  2. (antiphrastic) harlot, prostitute

References

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  • 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

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Pronunciation

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

Noun

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chai (colloquial)

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

Declension

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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
abessive chaitta chaitta
instructive chain
comitative See the possessive forms below.
Possessive forms of chai (Kotus type 18/maa, no gradation)
first-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative chaini chaini
accusative nom. chaini chaini
gen. chaini
genitive chaini chaideni
chaitteni
partitive chaitani chaitani
inessive chaissani chaissani
elative chaistani chaistani
illative chaihini chaihini
adessive chaillani chaillani
ablative chailtani chailtani
allative chailleni chailleni
essive chainani chainani
translative chaikseni chaikseni
abessive chaittani chaittani
instructive
comitative chaineni
second-person singular possessor
singular plural
nominative chaisi chaisi
accusative nom. chaisi chaisi
gen. chaisi
genitive chaisi chaidesi
chaittesi
partitive chaitasi chaitasi
inessive chaissasi chaissasi
elative chaistasi chaistasi
illative chaihisi chaihisi
adessive chaillasi chaillasi
ablative chailtasi chailtasi
allative chaillesi chaillesi
essive chainasi chainasi
translative chaiksesi chaiksesi
abessive chaittasi chaittasi
instructive
comitative chainesi
first-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative chaimme chaimme
accusative nom. chaimme chaimme
gen. chaimme
genitive chaimme chaidemme
chaittemme
partitive chaitamme chaitamme
inessive chaissamme chaissamme
elative chaistamme chaistamme
illative chaihimme chaihimme
adessive chaillamme chaillamme
ablative chailtamme chailtamme
allative chaillemme chaillemme
essive chainamme chainamme
translative chaiksemme chaiksemme
abessive chaittamme chaittamme
instructive
comitative chainemme
second-person plural possessor
singular plural
nominative chainne chainne
accusative nom. chainne chainne
gen. chainne
genitive chainne chaidenne
chaittenne
partitive chaitanne chaitanne
inessive chaissanne chaissanne
elative chaistanne chaistanne
illative chaihinne chaihinne
adessive chaillanne chaillanne
ablative chailtanne chailtanne
allative chaillenne chaillenne
essive chainanne chainanne
translative chaiksenne chaiksenne
abessive chaittanne chaittanne
instructive
comitative chainenne
third-person possessor
singular plural
nominative chainsa chainsa
accusative nom. chainsa chainsa
gen. chainsa
genitive chainsa chaidensa
chaittensa
partitive chaitaan
chaitansa
chaitaan
chaitansa
inessive chaissaan
chaissansa
chaissaan
chaissansa
elative chaistaan
chaistansa
chaistaan
chaistansa
illative chaihinsa chaihinsa
adessive chaillaan
chaillansa
chaillaan
chaillansa
ablative chailtaan
chailtansa
chailtaan
chailtansa
allative chailleen
chaillensa
chailleen
chaillensa
essive chainaan
chainansa
chainaan
chainansa
translative chaikseen
chaiksensa
chaikseen
chaiksensa
abessive chaittaan
chaittansa
chaittaan
chaittansa
instructive
comitative chaineen
chainensa

French

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Etymology 1

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

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Noun

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chai m (plural chais)

  1. masala chai (a tea drink)

Etymology 2

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Borrowed from Occitan [Term?].

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chai m (plural chais)

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

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Hokkien

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

Jamaican Creole

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chai

  1. (Maroon Spirit Language) Carry.

Mandarin

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Romanization

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chai

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

Usage notes

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  • Transcriptions of Mandarin into the Latin script often do not distinguish between the critical tonal differences employed in the Mandarin language, using words such as this one without indication of tone.
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-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

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Etymology

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

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chai f (uncountable)

  1. (France, Jersey) flesh

Swahili

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Etymology

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Borrowed from Classical Persian چای (čāy)

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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)
    Synonyms: rushwa, hongo, (Kenya) kitu kidogo

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Tày

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Etymology 1

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Noun

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chai

  1. bottle
    chai lẩubottle of wine

Etymology 2

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Compare Thai เจ (jee).

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chai

  1. to fast
    chai tón nângto fast for one meal

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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

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  • 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]‎[3][4] (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]‎[5] (in Vietnamese), Hanoi: Nhà xuất bản Khoa học Xã hội

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(classifier cái) chai (𥑂)

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

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  • Tai Dam: ꪊꪱꪥ

Adjective

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chai

  1. (of skin) callous
    vết chaia callus
    bị chai tayto have calluses on one's hand
    chai sạncallous; apathetic
  2. (of a battery) spent
    pin bị chai rồithe battery's no good anymore (won't hold a charge)

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Ye'kwana

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Variant orthographies
ALIV chai
Brazilian standard chai
New Tribes chai

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Suffix

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chai

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