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 Sahera, her face turned away from me, wept silently under the hood of her sari. New York Times, 15 Sep. 2021 Meanwhile, the second shot showed Chopra Jonas in a similar sari as a young girl. Vanessa Etienne,, 20 July 2021 In this episode, taking place almost entirely at Ganesh puja, Devi begrudgingly lets Kamala wrap a sari around her and dress her up for the festivities. Abby Govindan, Vulture, 15 July 2021 The richness was about the setup: the beautiful home, the girl in a pure chiffon sari with pearls. Neha Prakash, Marie Claire, 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, 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, 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, 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, 24 Jan. 2020

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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 20 Sep. 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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