Definition of kara in English:



  • A steel bangle worn on the right wrist as one of the five distinguishing signs of the Sikh Khalsa.

    • ‘The kesh, the kachha, the kara, the kanga and the kirpan are the gifts, chiseled out for the Khalsa, by the divine artist.’
    • ‘I wear a kara (bangle - another Sikh symbol), I wore a turban to my brother's wedding and I use the generic Sikh middle name of Singh.’
    • ‘One of the other symbols was a kara, a steel bangle that, among other things, represented restraint.’
    • ‘Nor has it become difficult only for me to explain the relevance of a kirpan or a kara, but also for those who sermonize in the gurudwaras or those who so zealously write in the religious magazines.’
    • ‘He might have the kara and the kashara - the steel bangle and clean underpants - but why would he do that?’
    • ‘I don't call myself a Sikh, but I misleadingly wear a kara.’


From Punjabi karā.