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choli Line breaks: choli
Pronunciation: /ˈtʃəʊli/

Definition of choli in English:

noun (plural cholis)

A short-sleeved bodice worn under a sari by Indian women.
Example sentences
  • And the Bridal Show, for married women, seemed to do just that by focusing on the Indianess of contestants who were draped in variety of colourful sarees and mesmerizing gagra cholis that dazzled with every step.
  • The choli, a tight-fitting blouse that leaves the midriff bare, is worn under the sari.
  • The bride, clad in a choli, arrived for the marriage in a boat at the Bolgatty Jetty and she was received by the bridegroom, who was wearing a green shervani and kurta.


From Hindi colī.

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