man·​da·​la | \ ˈmən-də-lə How to pronounce mandala (audio) \

Definition of mandala

1 : a Hindu or Buddhist graphic symbol of the universe specifically : a circle enclosing a square with a deity on each side that is used chiefly as an aid to meditation
2 : a graphic and often symbolic pattern usually in the form of a circle divided into four separate sections or bearing a multiple projection of an image

Other Words from mandala

mandalic \ ˌmən-​ˈda-​lik How to pronounce mandala (audio) \ adjective

Examples of mandala in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Edouard Duval-Carrié’s metallic collage-painting depicts a man who seems to be crawling through a jungle pool with an Asian-style mandala on his back. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, 28 June 2022 Shalitzin also added a large flower with leaves to the side of her head and one on the top of her head that could be part of a mandala. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 2 Feb. 2022 Then one day in summer 2015, Candace Jesse Jessup, an Arizona artist staying in a nearby hotel, painted one of the stones in the garden with a mandala and heart design to thank Dean for his one-man mission to beautify the community. San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Jan. 2022 One of her most popular items is a macramé mandala dream catcher. Lyndi Mcnulty,, 4 Dec. 2021 In Israel, a Shema mandala would concentrate on the declaration of faith. Brenda Yenke, cleveland, 11 Mar. 2021 This mandala could be a petri dish full of menacing microbes, or a murmuring imagination on the edge of sleep., 31 Mar. 2021 Combined with a Savoir bed, the florals arc across the headboard in a bright half mandala. Kate Mcgregor, ELLE Decor, 22 Mar. 2021 One in the pediatric oncology outpatient area on the 8th floor is a geometric pattern called a mandala. Peter Krouse, cleveland, 19 Dec. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of mandala

1859, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for mandala

Sanskrit maṇḍala circle

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“Mandala.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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