Definition of mehndi in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmɛndi/
(also mehendi)


[mass noun] Indian
1The art or practice of applying temporary henna tattoos, especially as part of a bride or groom’s preparations for a wedding.
Example sentences
  • Only a few Western brides have adopted mehndi as a wedding tradition, but many women use it as a fashion statement and a means of personal expression.
  • Earlier, Lakshmi Kirti, a cosmetologist and aroma therapist, conducted a demonstration on the preparation and use of mehndi.
  • You don't need to be a trained artist to apply mehndi.
1.1 [count noun] A temporary henna tattoo.
Example sentences
  • No trip to Little India would be complete without getting a mehndi, or temporary henna tattoo.
  • Another thing that a mehndi would be incomplete without would be henna itself.
  • She also taught the students how to make a mehndi cone.


Early 19th century (originally denoting the henna plant): Hindi, from Sanskrit mendhikā 'henna plant'.

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