- a long loincloth worn by many Hindu men in India.
- the cotton fabric, sometimes patterned, of which the loincloth is made.
Also dhoo·ti, dhoo·tie, dhu·ti [doo-tee] /ˈdu ti/.
Origin of dhoti
Borrowed into English from Hindi around 1615–25
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Examples from the Web for dhoti
Dhoti—a sheet of cloth worn round the lower limbs by Hindu males.
The priest arose, bathed, opened the shrine, and found the kshir under the lappet of the god's dhoti.
I have been trying to buy a few things—a sarong, which is a putso which is a dhoti; a pipe; and a "damned Malayan kris."From Sea to Sea
Then he tore the strong border off his dhoti (loin cloth) and commenced to bind the handles of the doors together.Bengal Dacoits and Tigers
Maharanee Sunity Devee
He was not one of our men, but a common ryot, clad simply in a dhoti or waist-cloth, and a rather dirty turban.Mr. Isaacs
F. Marion Crawford
dhooti, dhootie or dhuti (ˈduːtɪ)
- a long loincloth worn by men in India
C17: from Hindi
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Word Origin and History for dhoti
1620s, from Hindi dhoti.
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