man·​da·​la ˈmən-də-lə How to pronounce mandala (audio)
: a Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol of the universe
specifically : a circle enclosing a square with a deity on each side that is used chiefly as an aid to meditation
: a graphic and often symbolic pattern usually in the form of a circle divided into four separate sections or bearing a multiple projection of an image
mandalic adjective

Examples of mandala in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The sand mandala that Samten is creating during the Folklife Festival is a mandala for healing. Carolyn Hagler, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 June 2023 The mandala is thought to bring energy and healing to both its makers and the area surrounding it. Carolyn Hagler, Smithsonian Magazine, 29 June 2023 The mandalas hypnagogia relentlessly sketches under the eyelids don’t so much provide a respite from the distractions of ordinary consciousness as a shocking realization that the sluggish movements of regular experience might be composed of millions of shining, vibrating filaments. Michael W. Clune, Harper's Magazine, 4 Mar. 2022 Teigen turned heads in a feathery, black swan-esque ensemble with a sheer skirt embellished with mandala circles. Catherine Kast, Peoplemag, 1 May 2023 Lines of floating colors slowly materialize onto the screen, like a mandala coming to life. Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2023 Out of the darkness, a colorful mandala appears. Cassady Rosenblum, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2022 That country window evolved into an Oakland brick-and-mortar, and now the seasonal pop-up shops, the centerpiece of which is an 8-foot-by-8-foot mandala-like display case filled with her pies in a massive color wheel of baked goodness. Hugh Garvey, Sunset Magazine, 7 Nov. 2022 Your woven silk fabric with the center circle design is called a mandala. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 11 Mar. 2021 See More

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Word History


Sanskrit maṇḍala circle

First Known Use

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of mandala was in 1859

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“Mandala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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