noun, plural dho·tis.

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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Related Words for dhoti

lavalava, pareu

Examples from the Web for dhoti

Historical Examples of dhoti

  • Dhoti—a sheet of cloth worn round the lower limbs by Hindu males.

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings

    Krishna das Kaviraja

  • The priest arose, bathed, opened the shrine, and found the kshir under the lappet of the god's dhoti.

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings

    Krishna das Kaviraja

  • 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

    Rudyard Kipling

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for dhoti


dhooti, dhootie or dhuti (ˈduːtɪ)

noun plural -tis

a long loincloth worn by men in India

Word Origin for dhoti

C17: from Hindi
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Word Origin and History for dhoti

1620s, from Hindi dhoti.

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