: an Indo-Aryan language of the Punjab
: a native or inhabitant of the Punjab region of the northwestern Indian subcontinent
Punjabi adjective

Examples of Punjabi in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Collective Newsroom will create and publish journalism for BBC News in six Indian languages: Hindi, Marathi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Tamil and Telugu, as well as in English for the BBC News India YouTube channel, and produce other English-language content. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 10 Apr. 2024 She was joined at the event by Punjabi music star Diljit Dosanjh and magician David Blaine, who also reportedly performed. Escher Walcott, Peoplemag, 27 Mar. 2024 Also on Sunday night, the Juno Fan Choice award, voted on by ordinary Canadian music lovers, went to Karan Aujla, a Punjabi pop music star. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 24 Mar. 2024 Red Baraat’s instrumentation features six percussionists and three brass players, led by Jain on dhol, a double-sided Punjabi drum that is played with bamboo sticks. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2024 Singer and actor Dosanjh, 40, is one of the biggest South Asian artists worldwide and has played a major role in putting Punjabi music on the map internationally. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 18 Mar. 2024 Chit Chaat’s particular brilliance is turning Punjabi cuisine into on-the-go fare. Travis M. Andrews, Washington Post, 12 Mar. 2024 Then, Diljit Dosanjh—the first Punjabi singer to perform at Coachella—took the stage. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 6 Mar. 2024 In addition to Rihanna, Punjabi music star Diljit Dosanjh and magician David Blaine reportedly also performed at the event. Kimberlee Speakman, Peoplemag, 2 Mar. 2024

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Word History


Hindi & Urdu pañjābī, from pañjābī of Punjab, from Persian panjābī, from Panjāb Punjab

First Known Use

1787, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Punjabi was in 1787

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“Punjabi.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Punjabi. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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