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or sa·ree

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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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  • It makes me uneasy to think the Cabinet are talking about Sari Bair.

  • The chandi Sari is supposed to have been a vihara or Buddhist monastery.

    Monumental Java

    J. F. Scheltema

  • She hid the dagger in the folds of her sari gathered over her breast.

  • Then there are the sari stones and altars and turtle-borne monuments.

    Korean Buddhism

    Frederick Starr

  • We were told that these were sari stones and that in them a sari or “jewel” was buried.

    Korean Buddhism

    Frederick Starr

British Dictionary definitions for sari



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 sari


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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