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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1620s, from Hindi dhoti.


alt. Short names for people of India n. Short names for people of India


n. a long loincloth worn by Hindu men


The dhoti, also known as vesti, dhuti, mardani, dhoteé, lacha, dhotra, is a traditional men's garment, worn in the Indian Subcontinent mainly by Indian, Nepalese and Bangladeshi people. It is worn predominantly in the countries of India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka. It is the national dress of Madhesh region of Southern Nepal worn mainly by Nepalis of Madhesi, Tharu, Maithali and Bahun ethnicity. It is a rectangular piece of unstitched cloth, usually around long, wrapped around the waist and the legs and knotted at the waist.

Usage examples of "dhoti".

The Yogi did a number of preparatory gesticulations, and spoke what sounded like solemn incantations, then parted his dhoti rags and unashamedly pulled out his linga, which was like a black-barked twig.

He turned with a rustling of his silk dhoti to see Kausalya, a pooja thali in her hands, standing in the doorway of her own bedchamber.

Aztecians, Persians, Hanese, Samoans, Indians in dhotis and saris, the other flavor Indians in feathers.

Del and I dressed respectively in tunic and dhoti, donned sandals, gauze burnouses, and buckled on harnesses over the clothing.

Turner, who had a mild long-distance crush on the actress, edged up between two hopeful émigrés: a portly Madrasi producer in dhoti and jubbah, and a Hong Kong chop-socky director in a black frogged cotton jacket.

Lean as he was, there was still an undulating section of muscle between shortribs and the top of his dhoti.