mu·​dra mə-ˈdrä How to pronounce mudra (audio)
: one of the symbolic hand gestures used in religious ceremonies and dances of India and in yoga

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web This mudra is known to improve concentration and creativity. Stephanie Mansour, CNN, 2 Sep. 2020 On each platform sits a Buddha in the classic Bhumisparsha mudra position. Joshua Hammer, Smithsonian, 21 Nov. 2019 Its open palm faces outward in the abhaya (have no fear) mudra, a Buddhist hand gesture to evoke reassurance. Alexandra Marvar, Washington Post, 15 Nov. 2019 Namaste is a greeting that includes a gesture, called anjali mudra or pranamasana, which has roots that stem from Hinduism. Adria Hyde,, 23 Sep. 2019 Layavinyasa School of Dance and Music, led by Sarada Nori Akella, will demonstrate Kuchipudi dance, including the hand gestures, or mudras, rhythmic patterns, and facial expressions used in this dance form., 21 Aug. 2019

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Word History


Sanskrit mudrā

First Known Use

1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mudra was in 1811

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“Mudra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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