- Li is defined as a unit of measurement in China that is equal to about a third of a mile, or about 547 yards or 500 meters.
An example of a li is just a bit less than the distance around a high school track.
nounpl. li li
A traditional Chinese measure of distance, today standardized at 500 meters (1,640 feet).
Origin of liMandarin l&icaron;, from Middle Chinese li´.
From Mandarin 里 (lǐ).
- A traditional Chinese unit of weight, equal to one-thousandth of a liang, or fifty milligrams.
- An ancient Chinese cauldron having three hollow legs.
Variant of li