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

Illustration of sari

Illustration of sari

Examples of sari in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There was my mom, tiny and determined, in her traditional sari. Virginia Chamlee, Peoplemag, 24 June 2024 The bride-to-be wore a concept sari by Tarun Tahiliani. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 14 June 2024 Padukone’s tangerine sari of Dhoom Tana against his Om Kapoor never inspired rebuke. Mallika Rao, Vulture, 8 Mar. 2024 The commercial stretch includes Chinese supermarkets, Korean barbecue restaurants, Indian sari and jewelry shops and other establishments. Aida Ylanan, Los Angeles Times, 15 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for sari 

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu sāṛī, from Sanskrit śāṭī strip of cloth

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sari was in 1785

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Cite this Entry

“Sari.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants also saree
: a garment worn by women in southern Asia that consists of a long cloth draped around the body and head or shoulder

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