Definition of apsara in English:

apsara

(also apsaras)

noun

  • (in Hindu mythology) a celestial nymph, typically the wife of a heavenly musician.

    • ‘They are apsaras, celestial beings who live in the sky, while our dull, ant-like forms struggle below.’
    • ‘This, again, is where the kanya is distinct from the apsara, the heavenly hetaerae to whom the maternal instinct is foreign.’
    • ‘Others say the apsarases were true ancient Hindu characters that emanated from the foam of the churning sea of milk, and that they emerged for the purpose of dancing and encouraging the gods in their churning.’
    • ‘The ability to witness the pastimes between the demigods and the celestial girls called apsaras.’
    • ‘Today in Cambodia there is still a classical Khmer dance form based on the apsarases, often referred to as ‘Apsara’ dancing.’

Origin

From Hindi apsarā, from Sanskrit apsarās.

Pronunciation

apsara

/ˈʌpsərɑː/