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n. pl. bin·dis
1. An ornamental dot traditionally worn by Hindu women in the middle of the forehead or between the eyebrows, made of colored sandalwood paste, kohl, or other pigment and having varying religious and social significance, as in indicating marital status.
2. A small body adornment, often a colored or jeweled sticker, worn on various parts of the face and body.

[Hindi bindī, from Middle Indic biṃdu, drop, spot, from Sanskrit binduḥ; perhaps akin to induḥ, drop.]
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(ˈbɪndɪ) or


(Anthropology & Ethnology) a decorative dot worn in the middle of the forehead, esp by Hindu women
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A long while this picture was thought to be Bindi Altoviti's portrait; now somebody will again have it to be the self-portrait of Raphael."
She also asked for a ( pack of bindis for Princess Charlotte who loves it.
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Superimposing various bindis on one another, Kher has created an almost- painting- like image.
So, are we to see the same ban on other items of religious affection being worn at work, like the Star of David, kippahs (Jewish skull caps), bindis (red dot on the female forehead), turbans and burkas in any form etc.
There already is a whole body of bad work from people sporting dressy bindis, inhaling bidis, strumming sitars, trying to convey their transformations through a haze of sandalwood incense.
The star of television hit comedy Goodness Gracious Me criticises pop star Madonna and actress Kate Winslet, who often dress in saris and wear Indian decorations such as mehndi tattoos and bindis.
The Midland-born star of hit comedy Goodness Gracious Me criticises Madonna and Kate Winslet who often dress in saris and wear Indian decorations like mehndi tattoos and bindis.
No Doubt's Gwen Stefani started the huge new trend for bindis last year and they've since become a quirky fashion statement with girls everywhere.
It all started when Mandy and Jessica both acted in a film called Just a Little Red Dot, the true story of a student who gave her teacher a package of the red dots, called bindis, that South Asian people wear on their foreheads.
People are wearing them as a fashion accessory because bindis are very pretty and are like jewellery."