Definition of sati noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    sati

     noun
    (also suttee)noun
    BrE BrE//ˈsʌtiː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈsʌtiː//
     
    ; BrE BrE//sʌˈtiː//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//sʌˈtiː//
     
     
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  1. 1[uncountable] the former practice in Hinduism of a wife burning herself with the body of her dead husband
  2. 2[countable] a wife who did this
  3. Word OriginHindi, from Sanskrit satī ‘faithful wife’, from sat ‘good’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: sati