Definition of bhai in English:

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Pronunciation: /bʌɪ/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


1A brother.
Example sentences
  • More and more bhais and behens are living in different cities - even continents.
  • They called themselves bhagi bhai (rebel brother) and claimed that well dressed people out there in society were the safed daku (white bandit).
  • Bimal is acclaimed as one of India's best midfielders, while his younger bhai Birendra is a forward.
1.1A friendly form of address for a man.
1.2 (-bhai) Added to proper names to form an affectionate form of address to an older person: Abdulbhai
More example sentences
  • However, the joy of being corrected by his five-year-old whenever he deliberately falters over his bedtime prayers is compensation enough for Altaf bhai.
  • Kanu bhai once even made a three-hour movie of Gandhiji.
  • Azhar bhai seems to be suing every person who says his name!


From Hindi bhāi, based on Sanskrit bhrātṛ 'brother'.

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