Definition of mehndi in English:

mehndi

(also mehendi)

noun

Indian
  • 1[mass noun] The art or practice of applying temporary henna tattoos, especially as part of a bride or groom's preparations for a wedding.

    • ‘She helped popularize mehndi, as well as threading (a technique for removing eyebrow hair), through her work with models, actresses and singers.’
    • ‘Earlier, Lakshmi Kirti, a cosmetologist and aroma therapist, conducted a demonstration on the preparation and use of 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.’
    • ‘Whether yoga or mehndi, each comes with a long tradition and sometimes with the baggage of expectation.’
    • ‘You don't need to be a trained artist to apply mehndi.’
    1. 1.1[count noun]A temporary henna tattoo.
      • ‘She also taught the students how to make a mehndi cone.’
      • ‘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.’

Origin

Early 19th century (originally denoting the henna plant): Hindi, from Sanskrit mendhikā henna plant.

Pronunciation:

mehndi

/ˈmɛndi/