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[til-uh k] /ˈtɪl ək/
noun, plural tilak, tilaks.
a distinctive spot of colored powder or paste worn on the forehead by Hindu men and women as a religious symbol.
Origin of tilak
From the Sanskrit word tilaka Unabridged
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  • It is a very different influence from that of Mr. tilak, to whom he is sometimes, but quite wrongly, compared.

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  • Mr. tilak belonged by birth to a powerful Deccani Brahman caste with hereditary traditions of rulership.

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  • His private life is unimpeachable—the only point indeed in which Mr. tilak resembled him.

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  • But my revered friend, Mr. tilak said that this scheme is very much better than the Bengal scheme or any other scheme.

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  • His associates asked him why he had dared to alter his tilak or sect-mark.

  • But it is not too much to say that the unanimous feeling of educated India went with Mr. tilak and regarded him as a martyr.

British Dictionary definitions for tilak


noun (pl) -ak, -aks
a coloured spot or mark worn by Hindus, esp on the forehead, often indicating membership of a religious sect, caste, etc, or (in the case of a woman) marital status
Word Origin
from Sanskrit tilaka


Bal Gangadhar (ˈbæl ˈɡæŋədɑː), also called Lokamanya. 1856–1920, Indian nationalist leader, educationalist, and scholar, who founded (1914) the Indian Home Rule League
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