Definition of khalasi in English:

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Pronunciation: /kəˈlasi/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

noun (plural khalasis)

(In South Asia) a manual worker, especially a docker, porter, or sailor.
Example sentences
  • On receiving the information, the Dhauliganga project team comprising khalasis and workmen rushed to help.
  • There are business visitors, truck drivers and their khalasis, migrant labour and police personnel.
  • Every night the khalasi walked through the dark tunnel and then stood outside to wave his lamp to the oncoming train as a signal that the track was clear.


From Urdu ḵalāṣī, ḵalāšī.

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