Definition of rakhi in English:



  • A cotton bracelet, typically bearing elaborate ornamentation, given at Raksha Bandhan by a girl or woman to a brother or someone she considers as one, who must then treat her as a sister.

    • ‘Dainty containers that hold these threads, which possess powers to strengthen the bond of brotherhood, are also ideal for those who wish to send rakhis with gifts to their beloved brothers.’
    • ‘They also have the option of sending their own rakhi in the gift box.’
    • ‘On the inaugural day on Tuesday, volunteers of this centre visited various government and private offices and other institutions to tie rakhis to promote brotherhood and goodwill.’
    • ‘On the full moon of Karkata, or Cancer, sisters tie a rakhi around the wrist of their brothers, who in return give a present of clothing, cash or jewelry and become obligated for the safety of the sister.’
    • ‘The word ‘raksha’ signifies protection, and ‘bandhan’ is an association signifying an enduring sort of bond; and so, when a woman ties a rakhi around the wrist of her brother, she signifies her loving attachment to him.’


From Hindi rākhī.