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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It’s hard to imagine this free spirit starting a life with the silent girl in a sari who comes round to his house with her parents to get acquainted. Deborah Young, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Trijya - Radius': Film Review | Shanghai 2019," 1 July 2019 Philby kept his eyes peeled for two of his men, Jeno Csory Novak and Charlie Gillbanks, who were meant to flag down the plane with red and green saris about 80 km from the city. Abeer Kapoor, Quartz India, "The fascinating story of an American smuggler’s daring escapades in 1960s India," 19 June 2019 Chopra stunned in a green sari with a scalloped trim and gold floral embroidery. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Make Their First Post-Wedding Appearance," 3 Dec. 2018 For her Sangeet, Chopra wore the most stunning sparkly sari, designed by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Wears a Sparkling Sari at Her Pre-Wedding Sangeet with Nick Jonas," 2 Dec. 2018 For the occasion, Chopra wore a sparkling sari designed by Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla, who also created her Mehendi look. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Priyanka Chopra Wears a Sparkling Sari at Her Pre-Wedding Sangeet with Nick Jonas," 2 Dec. 2018 In the cluster of photos, the 36-year-old actress is pictured participating in traditional Indian customs with her fiance while garbed in an elegant yellow sari. Morgan M. Evans, Fox News, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas confirm engagement with touching Instagram posts," 18 Aug. 2018 Anchal, which refers to the edge of a sari used to wrap around a child or a woman's head to provide love and comfort — sells its products online and in over 60 stores nationwide. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "These one-of-a-kind textiles are empowering Louisville women," 13 July 2018 Priyanka stunned in a red sari for the party, while Nick wore a sharp blue suit. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Attended an Engagement Party in India," 29 June 2018

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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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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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