dho·​ti | \ ˈdō-tē How to pronounce dhoti (audio) \
plural dhotis

Definition of dhoti

: a loincloth worn by men in some parts of India

Examples of dhoti in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Balkrishna, who prefers to wear a traditional white dhoti, has often said that his wealth will be used to serve others. Ramakrishnan Narayanan, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Groups of women in bright saris and men wearing white dhoti pants watched the inauguration live as reporters broadcast the villagers’ celebrations to millions of Indians. Aijaz Rahi, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Jan. 2021 Inside, Qandeel’s father, eighty-year-old Muhammad Azeem, perches on a black imitation-leather sofa, his legs, stick-thin within the loose folds of a dhoti, pulled close to his chest. New York Times, 2 Feb. 2020 He was perched on his rocking chair in his usual outfit — a silk beige kurta and a white muslin dhoti — with one of his English dictionaries in hand. Namrata Poddar, Longreads, 8 Mar. 2018 Amused with the scrum that had formed around Mr. Chaudhary, a man in a white dhoti spoke up in English from the back of the crowd, announcing himself as Kailash Mishra, the landowner who employed the girl’s father in his fields. Kai Schultz And Suhasini Raj, New York Times, 6 Mar. 2018 Fishburne topped off the look with red shoes and a red dhoti, which is a length of cloth that is wrapped around the waist and tied at the front. Sam Reed, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of dhoti

1612, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dhoti

Hindi & Urdu dhotī

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“Dhoti.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dhoti. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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