Definition of kumkum in English:

kumkum

Pronunciation /ˈko͝omˌko͝om/ /ˈkʊmˌkʊm/

noun

  • A red powder used ceremonially and cosmetically, especially by Hindu women to make a small distinctive mark on the forehead.

    • ‘I wore a black shirt and dhoti (a wrap-around waist cloth) and applied sandalwood paste and kumkum (red powder) to my forehead.’
    • ‘Women apply kumkum on the foreheads of their sons and husbands and send them to fight battles.’
    • ‘‘Wearing kumkum or sandalwood paste need not be abandoned,’ they said.’
    • ‘In the busy commercial streets of the city you will find huge pumpkins broken to pieces and scattered on the road, some smeared with kumkum.’

Origin

From Sanskrit kuṅkuma ‘saffron’.

Pronunciation

kumkum

/ˈko͝omˌko͝om/ /ˈkʊmˌkʊm/