noun (plural khalasis)
(In South Asia) a manual worker, especially a docker, porter, or sailor.
- 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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