Mudra definition

mə-drä
A stylized, symbolic gesture used in dances, rituals, etc. of India, specif., an intricate movement or positioning of the hands or fingers.
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(dance, art) Any of several formal symbolic hand postures used in classical dance of India and in Hindu and Buddhist iconography.
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(Hinduism) Formal body positions and postures used in yoga and meditation.
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A series of symbolic body postures and hand movements used in South Asian classical dancing or art.
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In ancient India, any identifying symbol or seal.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
mudra
Plural:
mudras

Origin of mudra

  • Sanskrit mudrā seal, mystery, mudra from Iranian mudrā perhaps ultimately from Akkadian musarû, mušarû object bearing a royal inscription from Sumerian mu-sar mu name, fame sar to write

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Sanskrit मुद्रा (mudrā) (seal).

    From Wiktionary