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tilak

[til-uh k]
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noun, plural til·ak, til·aks.
  1. a distinctive spot of colored powder or paste worn on the forehead by Hindu men and women as a religious symbol.
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Origin of tilak

From the Sanskrit word tilaka
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Examples from the Web for tilak

Historical Examples

  • It is a very different influence from that of Mr. Tilak, to whom he is sometimes, but quite wrongly, compared.

    India, Old and New

    Sir Valentine Chirol

  • Mr. Tilak belonged by birth to a powerful Deccani Brahman caste with hereditary traditions of rulership.

    India, Old and New

    Sir Valentine Chirol

  • His private life is unimpeachable—the only point indeed in which Mr. Tilak resembled him.

    India, Old and New

    Sir Valentine Chirol

  • But my revered friend, Mr. Tilak said that this scheme is very much better than the Bengal scheme or any other scheme.

    India for Indians

    C. R. (Chittaranjan) Das

  • His associates asked him why he had dared to alter his tilak or sect-mark.


British Dictionary definitions for tilak

tilak

noun plural -ak or -aks
  1. 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
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Word Origin

from Sanskrit tilaka

Tilak

noun
  1. 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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