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[sahr-ee] /ˈsɑr i/
noun, plural saris.
a garment worn by Hindu women, consisting of a long piece of cotton or silk wrapped around the body with one end draped over the head or over one shoulder.
Also, saree.
1570-80; < Hindi sāṛī < Sanskrit śāṭī Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sari


noun (pl) -ris, -rees
the traditional dress of women of India, Pakistan, etc, consisting of a very long narrow piece of cloth elaborately swathed around the body
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C18: from Hindi sārī, from Sanskrit śātī
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Word Origin and History for sari

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."

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Encyclopedia Article for sari


city and capital, Mazandaran ostan (province), northern Iran. Founded during the Sasanid period (AD 224-651), it became the capital of Tabarestan (7th-9th century) after the Arab conquest of the region. The city was ravaged by the Mongols in the 12th century and visited by the historian Mostowfi in the 14th century. Agha Mohammad Khan (ruled 1779-97) of the Qajar dynasty chose Sari as the capital of his empire.

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principal outer garment of women of the Indian subcontinent, consisting of a piece of often brightly coloured, frequently embroidered, silk, cotton, or, in recent years, synthetic cloth five to seven yards long. It is worn wrapped around the body with the end left hanging or used over the head as a hood.

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