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noun (in India)
  1. a religious fair, especially one held in connection with a festival.
  2. a throng of people.
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Origin of mela

1790–1800; < Hindi < Sanskrit melā assembly, company
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Examples from the Web for mela

Historical Examples

  • The Hindu Mela was an annual fair which had been instituted with the assistance of our house.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • He told me he was going to a mela, to which I was also proceeding.

  • Effect of these discoveries upon the theories of Ptolemy and Mela.

  • The death of his father, Mela, was also stained with dishonour.

    Darkness and Dawn

    Frederic W. Farrar

  • Mela was looking after both of them, and trying to cheer them in a joyful excitement.

British Dictionary definitions for mela


  1. an Asian cultural or religious fair or festival
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Word Origin

C19: Hindi, from Sanskrit mēlā an assembly, from mil to meet
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