Definition of dholak in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈdōlək/


A dhol, especially a relatively small one.
Example sentences
  • This is a more reflective music than the joyous abandon of Qawwali; tabla and dholak provide the shifting, cyclical heartbeats that underpin Parveen's song, shadowed by harmonium and bansuri flute.
  • The poetic delicacy of her singing, the rhythm underlined by traditional dholak and harmonium stole the hearts.
  • The sokah was born when a major African singer - Ras Shorty I - inculcated Indian rhythms with dholak and tabla.


Hindi, from ḍhol (see dhol) + the diminutive suffix -ak.

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Syllabification: dho·lak

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