Meaning of tilak in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtɪlʌk/


  • A mark worn by a Hindu on the forehead to indicate caste, status, or sect, or as an ornament.

    ‘The youngest female member of the household leads the puja by applying a red tilak to all the other members of the family before everyone joins together in worship.’
    • ‘When he emerged a few minutes later, he had a tilak on his forehead and some prasad in his right hand.’
    • ‘At the entrance of the home, guests were received in the customary manner - a tilak on the forehead and a one-rupee coin in their palms.’
    • ‘The taxi driver has an orange tilak on his forehead and a host of miniature gods swinging from the roof of his vehicle.’
    • ‘Besides purification, the tilak also offers the wearer protection from ghosts, evil influences, bad dreams, accidents and many other things.’


From Sanskrit tilaka.