sa·​ri | \ ˈsär-ē How to pronounce sari (audio) \
variants: or less commonly saree

Definition of sari

: a garment of southern Asian women that consists of several yards of lightweight cloth draped so that one end forms a skirt and the other a head or shoulder covering

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Examples of sari in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The richness was about the setup: the beautiful home, the girl in a pure chiffon sari with pearls. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge," 7 Oct. 2020 My mom would walk down the driveway with a sparkly new sari, while my father donned traditional Indian pants and a long shirt for the occasion. Washington Post, "Hoping my daughter will feel safe celebrating Diwali in a complicated time," 25 Oct. 2019 Lots of them with feathers and faux furs, deconstructed into parts and twisted into sari-like assemblages; mixed and matched and also madras for men and women; leopard and contrasting linings thrown in. Vanessa Friedman, New York Times, "What Do You Wear to the End of Days?," 18 Feb. 2020 Konkani brides typically wear a traditional sari with green glass bangles and often wear a white sash, known as a khol. Danya Issawi, New York Times, "Real Wedding Day Looks," 3 Mar. 2020 Clad in a custom tuxedo-meets-sari created for her by Gaultier as a thoughtful nod to Indian culture, Kapoor Ahuja took in a moment of fashion history. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Sonam Kapoor Ahuja Was Couture’s Front-Row MVP," 24 Jan. 2020 India, where traditional garments like the sari remain very popular, is still a relatively small market for fast fashion, but one with a lot of potential. Marc Bain, Quartz, "H&M teams with one of Bollywood’s favorite designers as its growth in India surges," 21 Jan. 2020 My mother wore a beautiful red sari with gold accents. Charanna Alexander, New York Times, "Real Wedding Day Looks," 26 Oct. 2019 Though highly skilled at creating beautiful pure silk saris with intricate designs, Baba said he was paid just 40 rupees (50 cents) per cloth or 100 rupees ($1.50) for a full sari. Helen Regan And Omar Khan, CNN, "For Modi, India's marathon election ends where it all began," 20 May 2019

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First Known Use of sari

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sari

Hindi & Urdu sāṛī, from Sanskrit śāṭī strip of cloth

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“Sari.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of sari

: a long piece of cloth that is wrapped around the body and head or shoulder and worn by women in southern Asia


sa·​ri | \ ˈsä-rē How to pronounce sari (audio) \

Kids Definition of sari

: a piece of clothing worn mainly by women of southern Asia that is a long light cloth wrapped around the body and head or shoulder

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