from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The now illegal act or practice of a Hindu widow's cremating herself on her husband's funeral pyre in order to fulfill her true role as wife.
- n. A widow who commits such an act.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The custom and/or act of a Hindu woman giving herself up to be cremated on her husband’s funeral pyre as a sign of her devotion to her late spouse.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A Hindoo widow who immolates herself, or is immolated, on the funeral pile of her husband; -- so called because this act of self-immolation is regarded as envincing excellence of wifely character.
- n. The act of burning a widow on the funeral pile of her husband.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A Hindu widow who immolates herself on the funeral pile, either with the body of her husband, or separately if he died at a distance.
- n. The voluntary self-immolation of Hindu widows on the funeral pile of their husbands according to a Brahmanical rite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of a Hindu widow willingly cremating herself on the funeral pyre of her dead husband
Sanskrit satī, virtuous woman, suttee, from feminine present participle of asti, s-, she is, is true.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit सती (satī́, "good and virtuous or faithful wife"), from सत् (sát, "true, good, right etc."). In English usage since 1786. (Wiktionary)