Meaning of mehndi in English:


Pronunciation /ˈmɛndi/


(also mehendi)
mass noun
  • 1Indian The art or practice of applying temporary henna tattoos, especially as part of a bride or groom's preparations for a wedding.

    ‘mehndi is a part of Eid festivities’
    • ‘these included a mehndi ceremony where the bride had henna tattoos placed on her hands and arms’
    • ‘Only a few Western brides have adopted mehndi as a wedding tradition, but many women use it as a fashion statement and a means of personal expression.’
    • ‘Earlier, Lakshmi Kirti, a cosmetologist and aroma therapist, conducted a demonstration on the preparation and use of mehndi.’
    • ‘You don't need to be a trained artist to apply mehndi.’
    • ‘Whether yoga or mehndi, each comes with a long tradition and sometimes with the baggage of expectation.’
    • ‘She helped popularize mehndi, as well as threading (a technique for removing eyebrow hair), through her work with models, actresses and singers.’
    1. 1.1count noun A temporary henna tattoo.
      ‘the country's colourful culture is evident in mehndis, trucks, rickshaws, and villages’
      • ‘No trip to Little India would be complete without getting a mehndi, or temporary henna tattoo.’
      • ‘Another thing that a mehndi would be incomplete without would be henna itself.’
      • ‘She also taught the students how to make a mehndi cone.’
      • ‘Ladies were keen to get their hands decorated with mehndis, or henna tattoos, while children could have their faces painted at a special stall.’


Early 19th century (originally denoting the henna plant): Hindi, from Sanskrit mendhikā ‘henna plant’.