bin·​di | \ ˈbin-dē How to pronounce bindi (audio) \
plural bindis

Definition of bindi

: a mark (such as a red dot) or piece of jewelry worn on the middle of the forehead especially by Hindu women Between her delicate eyebrows is a smudged crimson bindi.— D. Thomas Minton The bindi is placed between the eyebrows, the place of the sixth chakra (the seat of concealed wisdom).The Tempist Henna tattoos and bindis, those decorative dots placed between the eyes, grace faces that have never seen beyond the American suburbs.— Vivian McInerny

First Known Use of bindi

1872, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bindi

borrowed from Hindi bindī, literally, "dot, mark" (or a cognate Indo-Aryan word), going back to the Middle Indo-Aryan and Sanskrit stem bindu- "drop, spot," of uncertain origin

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“Bindi.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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