Definition of bindi in US English:



  • A decorative mark worn in the middle of the forehead by Indian women.

    • ‘A black roof, sloping on both sides in the shape of an upturned English ‘V’ and a wall of white stones in the middle, on whose forehead the house number shone like a black bindi.’
    • ‘Then there are the smaller stalls selling everything from bindis to hairpins and costume jewellery of the type more often seen in Bollywood movies.’
    • ‘She always wears a sari and bindi (spot on the forehead).’
    • ‘Similarly, stalls having dresses for women and children's wear have been drawing good crowds and an equal patronage is there for fancy products, such as hair bands, bindis, bangles, etc.’
    • ‘The outcome of this case will also apply to future attempts to limit expressions of Hindu religion by students, such as wearing a bindi.’
    • ‘Hindu women and men cannot put bindis, tilaks and other forehead markings in schools and other places due to recent legislation passed in the French Parliament.’
    • ‘I was wearing a bindi (a Hindu mark on the forehead) that day.’
    • ‘‘See,’ she said thrusting her face forward and pointing a finger at her forehead, ‘the bindi they sold me, it leaves an ugly mark.’’
    • ‘The bunch of jasmine on her hair, the large ear pendants and the large bindi on her forehead typified Usha Uthup, whose place in Indian pop still remains intact.’
    • ‘She wore a bright white and red silk sari, a large red bindi on her forehead and about a dozen bangles on each hand.’
    • ‘For example, whenever I am in India, my aunt makes sure I wear a bindi on my forehead.’
    • ‘When my mother came to America, she eventually discarded saris, toe rings and bindis, symbolically liberating herself from the traditional roles expected of an Indian woman - and, truth be told, sidestepping the stares.’
    • ‘For example, wearing a bindi, doing puja and so on.’
    • ‘Likewise, Sikh women should not drape themselves in sarees which were Hindu, but in salwar-kameez (baggy trousers and long shirts) which are Punjabi, nor wear bindis on their foreheads.’
    • ‘A black bindi is often worn before marriage to ward off the evil eye.’
    • ‘There were posters too for the festival, another part of the willing students’ project, and there was Marilyn, close up head shot with a bindi on her forehead.’
    • ‘At one party, revellers - many decorated with Indian-style bindi marks on their foreheads - danced, drank champagne or played pool.’
    • ‘Her look was completed with a silver bindi dotted on her forehead.’
    • ‘He wore matching amethyst earrings, bracelets, anklets and various other types of jewellery, as well as having fixed one in his navel, and on his forehead as a bindi.’
    • ‘Apart from the gold, Indian women have been accentuating their fashions with bindis (red dots worn on the forehead) and mehendi (designs made by applying henna to the palms of the hands and other parts of the body).’


From Hindi bindī.