Definition of khalasi in English:


Line breaks: kha|lasi
Pronunciation: /kəˈlasi

noun (plural khalasis)

(In South Asia) a manual worker, especially a docker, porter, or sailor.
More 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.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day oleaginous
Pronunciation: ˌəʊlɪˈadʒɪnəs
rich in, covered with, or producing oil; oily