One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1The art or practice of applying temporary henna tattoos, especially as part of a bride or groom's preparations for a wedding.
- ‘You don't need to be a trained artist to apply mehndi.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Whether yoga or mehndi, each comes with a long tradition and sometimes with the baggage of expectation.’
- ‘She helped popularize mehndi, as well as threading (a technique for removing eyebrow hair), through her work with models, actresses and singers.’
- 1.1count noun A temporary henna tattoo.
- ‘No trip to Little India would be complete without getting a mehndi, or temporary henna tattoo.’
- ‘Ladies were keen to get their hands decorated with mehndis, or henna tattoos, while children could have their faces painted at a special stall.’
- ‘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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