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[sahr-ee] /ˈsɑr i/


or saree

[sahr-ee] /ˈsɑr i/
noun, plural saris.
a garment worn by Hindu women, consisting of a long piece of cotton or silk wrapped around the body with one end draped over the head or over one shoulder.
Origin of sari
1570-80; < Hindi sāṛī < Sanskrit śāṭī Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for saree
Historical Examples
  • Where is that saree and jacket you used to wear in the cold weather.

  • She untied the corner of her saree and took out the three stones.

  • I hear Parbuttee Bai has a saree more costly than any of mine.

    Old Deccan Days M. Frere
  • She pulled out a saree and some jewels, and began to dress him as a woman.

    Bengal Dacoits and Tigers Maharanee Sunity Devee
  • I'll send your saree back again, or better still, your missus will buy you a new one!

  • She thanked him and tied the stones in the corner of the saree, and then she ran on home again.

  • His mother took an unguarded step forward and asked: “Are not my jewels enough that you want the saree off my back?”

    Bengal Dacoits and Tigers Maharanee Sunity Devee
  • A huge cobra was tightly coiled round his right arm, while on the left hung the saree and the jewels.

    Bengal Dacoits and Tigers Maharanee Sunity Devee
  • With tender hands she arranged the saree, draping it well over his head to conceal his face.

    Bengal Dacoits and Tigers Maharanee Sunity Devee
  • The cobra then gave the girl three stones, and bade her tie them into the corner of her saree so as not to lose them.

British Dictionary definitions for saree


noun (pl) -ris, -rees
the traditional dress of women of India, Pakistan, etc, consisting of a very long narrow piece of cloth elaborately swathed around the body
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi sārī, from Sanskrit śātī
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Word Origin and History for saree



also saree, long, wrapping garment of silk or cotton worn by Hindu women, 1785, from Hindi sari, from Prakrit sadi, from Sanskrit sati "garment, petticoat."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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