Pronunciation: ( Seph. Heb., Eng.ä"lē-ä'; for 1 also Ashk. Heb.ä-lē'ô or, Eng.,u-lē'u), [key]
—pl. a•li•yahs, a•li•yosPronunciation: (ä"lē-yäz'; for 1 also Ashk. Heb.ä-lē'ôz or, Eng.,u-lē'uz), [key] a•li•yotPronunciation: ( Seph. Heb.ä"lē-ôt'). [key]
1. the act of proceeding to the reading table in a synagogue for the reading of a portion from the Torah.
2. the immigration of Jews to Israel, either as individuals or in groups.
3. any of the major waves of Jewish immigration to Palestine or Israel.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.