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From Sanskrit श्री (śrī).


श्री (śrīm

  1. light, lustre, radiance, splendour, glory, beauty, grace, loveliness
  2. sir, lord, mister


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From Proto-Indo-Iranian *ĉriHrás. Compare Avestan 𐬯𐬭𐬍𐬭𐬀 (srīra).



श्री (śrī)

  1. diffusing light or radiance, splendid, radiant, beautifying, adorning


श्री (śrīf

  1. light, lustre, radiance, splendour, glory, beauty, grace, loveliness
  2. prosperity, welfare, good fortune, success, auspiciousness, wealth, treasure, riches
  3. symbol or insignia of royalty


Feminine ī-stem declension of श्री
Nom. sg. श्रीः (śrīḥ)
Gen. sg. श्रियाः / श्रियः (śriyāḥ / śriyaḥ)
Singular Dual Plural
Nominative श्रीः (śrīḥ) श्रियौ (śriyau) श्रियः (śriyaḥ)
Vocative श्रीः (śrīḥ) श्रियौ (śriyau) श्रियः (śriyaḥ)
Accusative श्रियम् (śriyam) श्रियौ (śriyau) श्र्यः (śryaḥ)
Instrumental श्रिया (śriyā) श्रीभ्याम् (śrībhyām) श्रीभिः (śrībhiḥ)
Dative श्रियै / श्रिये (śriyai / śriye) श्रीभ्याम् (śrībhyām) श्रीभ्यः (śrībhyaḥ)
Ablative श्रियाः / श्रियः (śriyāḥ / śriyaḥ) श्रीभ्याम् (śrībhyām) श्रीभ्यः (śrībhyaḥ)
Genitive श्रियाः / श्रियः (śriyāḥ / śriyaḥ) श्रियोः (śriyoḥ) श्रीनाम् / श्रियाम् (śrīnām / śriyām)
Locative श्रियि / श्रियाम् (śriyi / śriyām) श्रियोः (śriyoḥ) श्रीषु (śrīṣu)


श्री (śrī)

  1. honorific prefix appended to certain names to mean "sacred" or "holy"
    e.g. श्रीदुर्गा (śrī-durgā), श्रीराम (śrī-rāma)
  2. used as a respectful title (like "Reverend") to the names of eminent persons as well as of celebrated works and sacred objects
    e.g. श्रीजयदेव (śrī-jayadeva)

Usage notes[edit]

This prefix may be repeated two, three, or even four times to express excessive veneration (e.g. श्रीश्रीदुर्गा (śrī-śrī-durgā) etc.). If is often placed at the beginning or back of letters, manuscripts, important documents etc., before the words चरण (caraṇa) and पाद (pāda, feet), and even the end of personal names.