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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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  • It makes me uneasy to think the Cabinet are talking about sari Bair.

  • The chandi sari is supposed to have been a vihara or Buddhist monastery.

    Monumental Java J. F. Scheltema
  • She hid the dagger in the folds of her sari gathered over her breast.

  • We were told that these were sari stones and that in them a sari or “jewel” was buried.

    Korean Buddhism Frederick Starr
  • No doubt all these sari stones really contain some such relic.

    Korean Buddhism Frederick Starr
British Dictionary definitions for sari


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 sari

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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