man·​da·​la | \ ˈmən-də-lə How to pronounce mandala (audio) \

Definition of mandala

1 : 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
2 : 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

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Other Words from mandala

mandalic \ ˌmən-​ˈda-​lik How to pronounce mandalic (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mandala in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For nearly 16 years in San Antonio, Jason Casas has tattooed just about everything, from roses and mandalas on arms and legs to the Virgin Mary on a bald head and Darth Vader dueling Luke Skywalker on a guy’s ribs. René A. Guzman,, "San Antonio tattoo artists get creative without skin to ink during COVID-19 pandemic," 14 May 2020 That’s what makes the mandala more than a pretty thing for people to gawk at. Kyle Whitmire, al, "Finding meaning in the ruins of coronavirus and Legos," 10 Apr. 2020 The mandala's black-and-white inner layer depicts women around the world from the late 1800s to the 1930s. Kristen Rogers And Brandon Griggs, CNN, "Google celebrates International Women's Day with a new doodle," 8 Mar. 2020 The restaurant also has a patio and a large-scale mandala mural in the dining room. Greg Morago, Houston Chronicle, "New Tarka Indian Kitchen opens today," 29 Jan. 2020 Patricia Lappin is a local mandala artist living in Westminster. Lyndi Mcnulty,, "An Eye for Art: Sharing her mandalas gives Westminster artist ‘feelings of peace’," 20 Nov. 2019 Dozens of iridescent beetles are formed into a mandala. oregonlive, "Creepy creatures turn ‘Exquisite’ at new OMSI art exhibit," 3 Nov. 2019 The refresh button was OpenAI’s logo, which looked to me like a mandala, the kind associated with alchemists in the Middle Ages. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The New Yorker," 25 May 2018 His cultural references were often to non-Western sources, ancient and modern: Islamic design, African patterning, South Asian mandalas. New York Times, "Joe Overstreet, Painter and Activist, Is Dead at 85," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of mandala

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mandala

Sanskrit maṇḍala circle

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23 May 2020

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“Mandala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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