[til-uh k]

noun, plural til·ak, til·aks.

a distinctive spot of colored powder or paste worn on the forehead by Hindu men and women as a religious symbol.

Nearby words

  1. tikkiny,
  2. tikoloshe,
  3. tikrit,
  4. tiktaalik,
  5. til,
  6. tilapia,
  7. tilburg,
  8. tilbury,
  9. tilde,
  10. tilden

Origin of tilak

From the Sanskrit word tilaka

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noun plural -ak or -aks

a coloured spot or mark worn by Hindus, esp on the forehead, often indicating membership of a religious sect, caste, etc, or (in the case of a woman) marital status

Word Origin for tilak

from Sanskrit tilaka



Bal Gangadhar (ˈbæl ˈɡæŋədɑː), also called Lokamanya. 1856–1920, Indian nationalist leader, educationalist, and scholar, who founded (1914) the Indian Home Rule League
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