A sari, saree, or shari is a female garment from the Indian subcontinent that consists of a drape varying from five to nine yards (4.5 metres to 8 metres) in length and two to four feet (60 cm to 1.20 m) in breadth that is typically wrapped around the waist, with one end draped over the shoulder, baring the midriff. There are various styles of sari draping, the most common being the Nivi style, which originated in Andhra Pradesh.
The sari is usually worn over a petticoat (called 'parkar' (परकर) in Marathi or lehenga in the north; pavadai (புடவை) in Tamil, pavada (or occasionally langa) in Malayalam, Kannada and Telugu, chaniyo, parkar, ghaghra, or ghagaro in the west; and shaya in eastern India), with a fitted upper garment commonly called a blouse (ravike in South India and choli elsewhere). The blouse has short sleeves and is usually cropped at the midriff. The sari is associated with grace and is widely regarded as a symbol of grace in cultures of the Indian subcontinent.
A sari is a female garment in the Indian subcontinent.
Sari may also refer to:
- Sari (operetta) or Der Zigeunerprimas, an operetta by Emmerich Kálmán
- Sari temple, an 8th-century Buddhist temple in Yogyakarta, Indonesia
- Sarı, a Turkish surname
- Sari Sumdac, a fictional character in the TV series Transformers: Animated
- Sari, a Hebrew variety of the female given name Sarah
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
n. The traditional dress of women in the Indian Subcontinent; an outer garment consisting of a single length of cotton or silk, most often with one end wrapped around the waist to form a skirt, the other draped over the shoulder or head.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
also saree, long, wrapping garment of silk or cotton worn by Hindu women, 1785, from Hindi sari, from Prakrit sadi, from Sanskrit sati "garment, petticoat."
n. a dress worn primarily by Hindu women; consists of several yards of light material that is draped around the body [syn: saree]
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Sari \Sa"ri\, n. Same as Saree.
Usage examples of "sari".
She was wearing a two-piece sari also, even though she and her husband were obviously middle class and most of her contemporaries wore the salwar khameez or a Mother Hubbard dress.
When Rupoti Apa handed her a bowl of the rice, she made a cradle of her damp sari and put the child in it while she fingered the rice into her mouth.
Head bowed, the queen of Avaric went down on one knee before the pale girl in the wedding sari.
As regards the soil, the gullies at Anzac on the spurs of Sari Bahr were quite bewildering in their heaped up confusion, partly rocky, but mainly a sort of red clay and very steep.
Sari presented her list to the sergeant for his approval, before sending them to the composting beds.
Sari, while also by this time a demasted derelict, was far ahead of her sister ships.
Jennifer and Sari, she watched Darby, Doughboy, and Dreamboat, first-year entry.
Aztecians, Persians, Hanese, Samoans, Indians in dhotis and saris, the other flavor Indians in feathers.
She was still in the sari and her fat rolls made me think of the Michelin tire guy.
And the reason is that over half of all farmers in Bangladesh are like Sari and her family: sharecroppers with not a pot to piss in, who must answer to wealthier landowners, the zamindars.
Shadow had a carful of Wednesday's guests to ferry to the restaurant: the woman in the red sari sat in the front seat beside him.
The young woman wore a saffron yellow sari wrapped around her nakedness, after the fashion of the poor women of that region, and as she stooped over the butterflies the sari, hanging loosely forwards, bared her small breasts to the gaze of the transfixed zamindar.
Parvati gave a final pitiable little yelp and out he popped, while all over India policemen were arresting people, all opposition leaders except members of the pro‑Moscow Communists, and also schoolteachers lawyers poets newspapermen trade‑unionists, in fact anyone who had ever made the mistake of sneezing during the Madam's speeches, and when the three contortionists had washed the baby and wrapped it in an old sari and brought it out for its father to see, at exactly the same moment, the word Emergency was being heard for the first time, and suspension‑of‑civil rights, and censorship‑of‑the‑press, and armoured‑units‑on‑special‑alert, and arrest‑of‑subversive‑elements.
And sometimes Koli women, their hands stinking of pomfret guts and crabmeat, jostle arrogantly to the head of a Colaba bus‑queue, with their crimson (or purple) saris hitched brazenly up between their legs, and a smarting glint of old defeats and dispossessions in their bulging and somewhat fishy eyes.
Kasturba was still dressing in Nasreen I's old, loud saris: today she had chosen one of the dizziest of the Op--Art black--and-white prints.