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A·li

 (ä-lē′) Full name Ali ibn Abi Talib. 600?-661.
Muslim caliph (656-661) whose reign was marked by the division of Islam into Sunni and Shiite sects. This schism intensified after his assassination by members of a third Muslim sect.

Ali

(ˈɑːliː)
n
1. (Biography) ?600–661 ad, fourth caliph of Islam (656–61 ad), considered the first caliph by the Shiites: cousin and son-in-law of Mohammed
2. (Biography) See Mehemet Ali
3. (Biography) See Muhammad Ali

A•li

(ˈɑ li, ɑˈli for 1–4; ɑˈli for 5 )

n.
1. (‘Alī ibn-abu-Talib), a.d. c600-61, fourth caliph of Islam 656-661 (cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad): considered the first caliph by Shi‘ites.
2. Muhammad (Cassius Marcellus Clay, Jr.), born 1942, U.S. boxer.
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Noun1.Ali - United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)Ali - United States prizefighter who won the world heavyweight championship three times (born in 1942)
2.Ali - the fourth caliph of Islam who is considered to be the first caliph by Shiites; he was a cousin and son-in-law of Muhammad; after his assassination Islam was divided into Shiite and Sunnite sects
References in classic literature ?
In the reign of Haroun-al-Raschid, there lived in Bagdad a merchant named Ali Cogia, who, having neither wife nor child, contented himself with the modest profits produced by his trade.
Ali Cogia was much troubled by this dream, as he was unwilling to give up his shop, and lose all his customers.
After some thought, Ali Cogia hit upon a plan which seemed a safe one.
Then the leader of these bad men (who called himself "Ben Ali, The Dragon") shook his fist at the Doctor and shouted across the water,
But you are not a good enough sailor to beat Ben Ali, the Barbary Dragon.
Poor Gub-Gub was dreadfully frightened; and the pushmi-pullyu began to sharpen his horns for a fight by rubbing them on the mast of the ship; while Jip kept springing into the air and barking and calling Ben Ali bad names in dog-language.
She saw Ali ben Kadin, The Sheik's half brother, squatted upon a rug, smoking.
The Sheik jerked his thumb toward Ali ben Kadin and addressed Meriem.
Kim, fending the lama between excited men and excited beasts, sidled along the cloisters to the far end, nearest the -railway station, where Mahbub Ali, the horse-trader, lived when he came in from that mysterious land beyond the Passes of the North.
Mahbub Ali!' He halted at a dark arch and slipped behind the bewildered lama.
"Do you know," observed Franz, "that with such stories you make me think of Ali Baba's enchanted cavern?"
Ali, is the supper ready?" At this moment the tapestry moved aside, and a Nubian, black as ebony, and dressed in a plain white tunic, made a sign to his master that all was prepared in the dining-room.