There are 2 definitions of Balti in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbalti


  • 1A native or inhabitant of Baltistan.
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    • The Dard and Baltis inhabit Gurez, Tilel and Draas.
    • The Gilgatis and Baltis do not count themselves as Kashmiris, and they will prefer that their area should become a province of Pakistan at the earliest.
    • Many Baltis converted to Islam and adopted his school of thought.
  • 2 [mass noun] The Tibetan language of the Baltis, with around 400,000 speakers.
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    • Nine languages are Dogri, Kashmiri, Ladaakhi, Pothwari, Balti, Gojri, Dardi, Punjabi and Urdu.
    • I speak Balti and have gotten to know the Balti women, especially the elders.
    • Around a quarter of million people living in these valleys speak Balti, an archaic Tibetan accent.


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  • Relating to the Baltis or their language.
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    • His thick Israeli accent sounded loud in the Swiss Cottage air - pungent and appealing and strange, like Balti spices in the Pennines.
    • For a month, I had heard nothing but Urdu (the local language), Balti music, and eaten Pakistani food.
    • K2's difficulties begin with its remoteness, reflected by the fact that the Balti hill people don't even have a name for the mountain.


the name in Ladakhi dialect.

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There are 2 definitions of Balti in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈbɔːlti
, ˈbalti

noun (plural baltis)

  • (In Pakistani cooking) a spicy dish cooked in a small two-handled pan known as a karahi: [as modifier]: balti restaurants
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    • It certainly wasn't anything to do with the succulent chicken, the clean-tasting balti sauce or the cooked to perfection tomatoes and peppers.
    • Heat a little oil in a wok or balti pan over a high heat.
    • Places he's likely to be spotted include various pubs in the Broad Street and Brindley Place area and perhaps later in the evening he may be found eating in a city centre pizza restaurant or balti house.


1980s: of uncertain origin: perhaps from Balti.