Definition of Punjabi in English:

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Pronunciation: /pʌnˈdʒɑːbi/
(also Panjabi)

noun (plural Punjabis)

1A native or inhabitant of Punjab.
Example sentences
  • Even racial and ethnic subgroups divide along rigid lines - as with Sikhs or Hindus or Punjabis among the large Indian American community, or by class or immigrant status.
  • Significantly, half of the one lakh Indians here are Punjabis, comprising 35,000 Sikhs.
  • In spite of their common cultural heritage, Punjabis are now either Indians or Pakistanis by nationality.
2 [mass noun] The Indic language of Punjab, spoken by over 92 million people.
Example sentences
  • The charity has staff who can speak various languages including Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu, Bengali, Gujarati and Chinese.
  • Pupil Rida Munir, six, yesterday proudly told of how she could speak three languages, Punjabi, Urdu and English.
  • An additional 439,239 people reported speaking other Indic languages, such as Punjabi, Bengali and Malayalam.
3 (punjabi) A long kurta (loose collarless shirt).
Example sentences
  • The better-educated wear a collarless, tunic-length shirt known as a punjabi and pyjamas (loose cotton trousers).
  • Village men usually go shirtless but on occasion may put on a vest or a long shirt called a punjabi as an upper garment.
  • In India this is generally not acceptable as jeans are too tight; women must wear the traditional sari or salwaar kameeze / punjabi suit.


Relating to Punjab or its people or language.
Example sentences
  • The Glasgow Gender Clinic has specifically targeted its marketing at Scottish Asians with ads in the Punjabi language paper Des Prades promising couples an 80% chance of having a son.
  • A University of British Columbia instructor is embarking on an ambitious campaign to elevate the status of the Punjabi language within Canada.
  • She has now been able to introduce the Punjabi language from Class V onwards as part of the curriculum in Lahore Grammar School.

Words that rhyme with Punjabi

Abu Dhabi, Babi, Darby, derby, kohlrabi, Mugabe, Wahhabi

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: Pun|jabi

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