Definition of mela in US English:

mela

noun

Indian
  • A fair or Hindu festival.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Once a year a huge tribal fair takes place near here - the Baneshwar 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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

From Sanskrit melā ‘assembly’.

Pronunciation

mela

/ˈmālə/