The region became a centre of Sikhism in the 15th century and, after the capture of Lahore in 1799 by Ranjit Singh, a powerful Sikh kingdom. It was annexed by the British in 1849 and became a part of British India. In the partition of 1947 it was divided between Pakistan and India
Hindi Panjāb, from Persian panj 'five' + āb 'water'.
Definition of Punjab in:
- The US English dictionary