Definition of Devi in US English:


proper noun

  • 1The supreme goddess, often identified with Parvati and Shakti.

    1. 1.1Indian (in general use) a goddess.
      • ‘The gurudwaras, or Sikh temples, have always been decorated with pictures of Hindu devas and devis.’
      • ‘In the film ‘Devi’ the song ‘Kali ma you are dark, but your heart is not dark’ is the most innocent and direct form of expression that connects mankind to a god as the procession of devotees progresses towards their devi.’
      • ‘The essence of a woman in all its intensity, variety and even banality is sought to be captured through the portrayal of devis and yoginis in the 70-odd paintings.’
      • ‘It resembled a cave and there was a six-foot idol of Lord Ganesh with nine devis.’
      • ‘During this period the Mahari used to step into the Kalahata Dwara as a devi or a divine being and used to perform only for the Lord near his Ratna Simhasana.’
      • ‘She is grandmother of vali devi, 10, and radha, 8.’
      • ‘Or elsewhere: ‘All the 33 crore devi devtas are nothing but the rays of one Paramatma (the Supreme Being)’.’
    2. 1.2Indian Used after the first name of a Hindu woman as a form of respect.
      ‘Deval Devi’
      • ‘The network is available in all cities and towns across the nation and also in Singapore, London, Dubai and New York, says Sri Devi, the Product Executive Officer of Emotional Bond.’
      • ‘It maybe recalled that S.Sobita Devi, sustained bullet injuries in her legs during the June 18, 2001 firing incident and both her legs were amputated below the knee.’
      • ‘The injured were Krishna Devi, 55, wife of Chuni Lal of Shaheedi Chowk and Satya Devi, 50, wife of Gian Chand of Sidhra.’
      • ‘Sri Devi finds pleasure in watching Ganguli and his boys wielding the magic willow to trounce the Pakistanis in their land.’
      • ‘What about Jayalalithaa and Rabri Devi and Sonia Gandhi?’
      • ‘He met Mrs Promila Devi, wife of Tilak Raj, and Mrs Bhago Devi, mother of Antaryami.’
      • ‘Chandrabaga Devi asked her what the matter was.’
      • ‘The award was presented to her by the chief guest, K.Vasanthi Devi, former vice-chancellor, Mother Theresa Women's University.’
      • ‘Ragini Devi, an American woman from Minneapolis, was convinced she had been a Hindu in a previous life and was reincarnated to devote her life to Indian dance.’
      • ‘Renu Devi has been his life-partner of 54 years.’
      • ‘Old records: 92.5 kg by Pratima Devi, 115 kg by Haritha and 207.5 kg by Pratima, all in 2001.’
      • ‘Ragini Devi, in the attempt to make what she had learned in India communicate to the western audience at home, even set Bharatanatyam movements to western music.’
      • ‘Manipur swept the team trophies and the women's individual crown, through L.Gitanjali Devi, in the Indian round which was a low-key affair.’
      • ‘Remember Bhanwari Devi of Bhateri village in Rajasthan?’
      • ‘Mata Khivi was born in 1506 to Karan Devi and Bhai Devi Chand Khatri.’
      • ‘She has also been inspired by Yamuna devi and Kurma das, who Lexi says are great cooks in the tradition of spiritually based food preparation.’
      • ‘In 2001, when the panchayat elections were announced, Bhagwan Devi was encouraged to contest as a ward member.’
      • ‘Sri Chaitanya first married His eternal consort Sri Lakshmi-priya Devi before taking sannyasa at the age of twenty-four.’
      • ‘Rattan Devi stated, ‘I saw three men writhing in great pain and a boy of about 12.’’
      • ‘From Kharkhauda about 50 km north-west of Delhi, Mata Sahib devi was sent to Delhi under proper escort, to join Mata Sundari, who was acting as head of the Khalsa.’


From Sanskrit.