Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

mudra

[muh-drah]
See more synonyms for mudra on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. Hinduism, Buddhism. any of a series of arm and hand positions expressing an attitude or action of the deity.
  2. any of various similar gestures used in India's classical dancing to represent specific feelings.
Show More

Origin of mudra

First recorded in 1805–15, mudra is from the Sanskrit word mudrā sign
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for mudra

Historical Examples

  • She is then purified by the recitation of many mantras and texts, and by the performance of the mudra or gesticulations.

    Phallic Miscellanies

    Hargrave Jennings

  • There are no less than sixty-four thousand different sorts of Mudra prescribed in the Tantras.

    Phallic Miscellanies

    Hargrave Jennings


British Dictionary definitions for mudra

mudra

noun
  1. any of various ritual hand movements in Hindu religious dancing
Show More

Word Origin

Sanskrit, literally: sign, token
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012