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  1. sari.
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or sa·ree

noun, plural sa·ris.
  1. a garment worn by Hindu women, consisting of a long piece of cotton or silk wrapped around the body with one end draped over the head or over one shoulder.
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Origin of sari

1570–80; < Hindi sāṛī < Sanskrit śāṭī
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Examples from the Web for saree

Historical Examples

  • Where is that saree and jacket you used to wear in the cold weather.

    A Bottle in the Smoke

    Milne Rae

  • She untied the corner of her saree and took out the three stones.

  • I hear Parbuttee Bai has a saree more costly than any of mine.

  • She pulled out a saree and some jewels, and began to dress him as a woman.

    Bengal Dacoits and Tigers

    Maharanee Sunity Devee

  • I'll send your saree back again, or better still, your missus will buy you a new one!

British Dictionary definitions for saree



noun plural -ris or -rees
  1. the traditional dress of women of India, Pakistan, etc, consisting of a very long narrow piece of cloth elaborately swathed around the body
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Word Origin

C18: from Hindi sārī, from Sanskrit śātī
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Word Origin and History for saree



also saree, long, wrapping garment of silk or cotton worn by Hindu women, 1785, from Hindi sari, from Prakrit sadi, from Sanskrit sati "garment, petticoat."

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