or sa·ree


noun, plural sa·ris.

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.

Origin of sari

1570–80; < Hindi sāṛī < Sanskrit śāṭī Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sari

Contemporary Examples of sari

Historical Examples of sari

  • 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.

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

    Korean Buddhism

    Frederick Starr

  • No doubt all these sari stones really contain some such relic.

    Korean Buddhism

    Frederick Starr

British Dictionary definitions for sari



noun plural -ris or -rees

the traditional dress of women of India, Pakistan, etc, consisting of a very long narrow piece of cloth elaborately swathed around the body

Word Origin for sari

C18: from Hindi sārī, from Sanskrit śātī
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

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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper