or lun·gee, lun·gyi, long·yi
[ loo ng-gee, loo n-jee ]
/ ˈlʊŋ gi, ˈlʊn dʒi /
a cloth used as a turban, scarf, sarong, etc., in India, Pakistan, and Burma.
a loincloth worn by men in India.
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Origin of lungi
1625–35; < Hindi lungī < Persian
Words nearby lungi
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Example sentences from the Web for lungi
The lungi is made of cloth of a special kind manufactured mostly in Ludhiana.
The ordinary length of a lungi is nine yards; the cashmere, being thicker, are not so long.At the Court of the Amr|John Alfred Gray
British Dictionary definitions for lungi
/ (ˈlʊŋɡiː) /
a long piece of cotton cloth worn as a loincloth, sash, or turban by Indian men or as a skirt
Word Origin for lungi
C17: Hindi, from Persian
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