bindi

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noun bin·di \ ˈbin-dē \

Definition of bindi

plural bindis
:a mark (such as a red dot) or piece of jewelry worn on the middle of the forehead especially by Hindu women
  • On the morning of my belated return visit, an elegant matron with a jewelled bindi … gave me directions to a few of her favorite shops …
  • —Judith ThurmanNew Yorker13 Dec. 2004
  • … has had to put aside the traditional Indian saris she adores and wear Western-style dress in public instead … . She has even abandoned her bindi—the small cosmetic dot worn on the forehead of most Indian women.
  • —Michel MarriottNew York Times12 Oct. 1987
  • The current tenant, the beautiful and mysterious Maya Vanasi, has Jefferson spellbound. He is entranced by the red dot, or bindi, painted on her forehead, which she explains is a symbolic third eye, representing wisdom, or “the window to the soul.”
  • Publishers Weekly10 Jan. 2000

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Origin and Etymology of 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”


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