sa·​ri | \ˈsär-ē \
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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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 Chopra looked dazzling in a glittering red sari at the event, her hair parted to the side. Dave Quinn,, "Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra Hold Hands as They End Week-Long Getaway to India — and Jet Off to Brazil Next," 29 June 2018 The sari was 💯, as were, elsewhere, garlic, parachute, stethoscope, and sloth. Virginia Heffernan, WIRED, "The Delicate Art of Creating New Emoji," 28 June 2018 On the back cover, there was a photo of a stately woman with fair skin and a sharp nose wearing a sari the color of watermelon flesh. Mayukh Sen, Bon Appetit, "In Search of Fatima Lakhani, Whose Cookbook Changed the Way My Family Ate," 27 June 2018 Bride’s sari: Fabric purchased by family in India, stitched by the bride’s grandmother Subba., "Philadelphia weddings: Samy Jana and Chris Nieves," 8 June 2018 Last year, a photo went viral showing a Bishnoi woman — wearing a traditional patterned sari and a large nose ring — breastfeeding a fawn. Shashank Bengali,, "This nature-loving sect in India dragged one of the world's biggest movie stars to court — and won," 17 May 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 \

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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