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 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, "‘A Woman Like Her: The Story Behind the Honor Killing of a Social Media Star,’ by Sanam Maher: An Excerpt," 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, "A Storyteller, Unbecoming," 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, "Uphill Battle Against Child Marriage Is Being Won in India, for Now," 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, "Laurence Fishburne Recycled His Golden Globes Look for the NAACP Awards," 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 23 Nov. 2020.

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