1. Oriental Art. a schematized representation of the cosmos, chiefly characterized by a concentric configuration of geometric shapes, each of which contains an image of a deity or an attribute of a deity.
  2. (in Jungian psychology) a symbol representing the effort to reunify the self.

Origin of mandala

First recorded in 1855–60, mandala is from the Sanskrit word maṇḍala circle Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for mandala

Historical Examples of mandala

  • The marriage ceremony takes place in a pandal (booth) on a raised or conspicuous place adorned with various figures or mandala.

  • The fact that mandala, traded all over the world, once represented that order escapes their personal experience.

British Dictionary definitions for mandala


  1. Hindu & Buddhist art any of various designs symbolizing the universe, usually circular
  2. psychol such a symbol expressing a person's striving for unity of the self

Word Origin for mandala

Sanskrit: circle
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Word Origin and History for mandala

magic circle, 1859, from Sanskrit mandala "disc, circle."

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