Definition of mala in English:

mala

noun

  • (in Hinduism and Sikhism) a string of prayer beads.

    • ‘In the outer right hand, Chenrezig is holding crystal beads and moving them the way we use a mala to count mantras.’
    • ‘As for the more spiritually inclined, there are malas made of rudraksh, tulasi beads and lotus seeds.’
    • ‘I see Westerners wearing chubas and showing off their malas.’
    • ‘Saivites wear malas of them always as a symbol of God's love, chanting on each bead, ‘Aum Namah Sivaya.’’
    • ‘At the exhibition, visitors have the opportunity of selecting the kind of beads they like and having them stringed into malas.’

Origin

From Hindi mālā.

Pronunciation

mala

/ˈmɑːlɑː/