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 In the photos Chopra is dressed in a yellow sari while baby Malti Marie looks adorable in a peachy pink outfit, complete with a matching head wrap. Glamour, 21 Mar. 2024 Diane Kruger Diane Kruger put a fresh spin on the sari at the All That Glitters Diwali Ball in New York City. Genevieve Cepeda, Peoplemag, 30 Oct. 2023 The bodice of his sari, Mr. Aggarwal said, looks like a coral reef underwater. Phyllida Jay, New York Times, 19 May 2023 In one scene, Carrie frets over whether to buy a sari to accompany her new friend Seema Patel (Sarita Choudhury) to a Diwali celebration. Rachel Syme, The New Yorker, 19 June 2023 The sari that Patti wears a lot is from my [own] mom. Max Gao, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 June 2023 The actress looked stunning that night in a purple sari with golden bralette top underneath by designer Rahul Mishra. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 9 Apr. 2023 My mother wore a sari. Dahleen Glanton Chicago Tribune (tns), Star Tribune, 26 Aug. 2020 Zendaya wore a show-stopping purple-blue, floral-embossed and bedazzled Rahul Mishra sari while Roach wore a black and floral Rahul Mishra gown. Tracey Harrington McCoy, Peoplemag, 3 Apr. 2023

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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 19 May. 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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