Definition of mela in English:

mela

noun

Indian
  • A fair or Hindu festival.

    • ‘Once a year a huge tribal fair takes place near here - the Baneshwar mela.’
    • ‘It's the season of festivals, trade fairs, exhibitions and melas of every kind as people turn out in large numbers to beat the heat.’
    • ‘Every year, they have a mela (a fair) there called Suarastra Sabha for the express purpose of holding an auction.’
    • ‘They assemble at the festival and offer their homage by performing in the mela.’
    • ‘Though the mela is an annual event, the one in progress this year is unique for astrological reasons and occurs only once every 34 years.’

Origin

From Sanskrit melā ‘assembly’.

Pronunciation

mela

/ˈmeɪləː/