bhan·​gra | \ ˈbäŋ-grä How to pronounce bhangra (audio) , -grə \

Definition of bhangra

: popular dance music originating chiefly in the Punjabi community in Britain and marked by features of traditional Punjabi music and of disco Bhangra meshes traditional-style Punjabi songs and drumming with electronic rhythms, bringing a modernized taste of the old country to dancers with Indian and Pakistani roots.— Jon Pareles

Examples of bhangra in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In the background, revelry could be heard, and bhangra. Sarah Larson, The New Yorker, 18 July 2022 Performances on campus of bhangra, traditional Punjabi dance, seemingly brought the university’s entire Punjabi community together: to dance and, ultimately, to just be among one another, Tehranian said. Anumita Kaurstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 13 May 2022 There is singing, bhangra dancing and Sikh martial arts called gatka. Simranjit Khalsa, The Conversation, 13 Apr. 2022 Among those in the cast is a member of the U.C. San Diego bhangra team (Da Real Punjabiz). New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Rehana Lew Mirza stumbled upon the world of collegiate bhangra dancing. New York Times, 23 Mar. 2022 Winner of the 2019 Richard Rodgers Award, this new musical celebrates the high stakes world of U.S. intercollegiate competitive bhangra, which is a Panjabi folk dance, and an Indian-American girl who wants to shake things up. San Diego Union-Tribune, 27 May 2021 Radial Grooves, an a cappella group, selects two songs to perform; the campus hip-hop and bhangra groups choreograph routines. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2020 The bhangra walk, a key BollyX dance move, mimics a squat position and gives the legs a killer workout. Jen Murphy, WSJ, 9 Feb. 2019 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bhangra.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of bhangra

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bhangra

Panjabi bhaṁgṛā, a kind of folk dance

Learn More About bhangra

Time Traveler for bhangra

Time Traveler

The first known use of bhangra was in 1987

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near bhangra




See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for bhangra

Last Updated

1 Aug 2022

Cite this Entry

“Bhangra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on bhangra Encyclopedia article about bhangra


Test Your Vocabulary

Commonly Confused Words Quiz

  • vector image of a face with thought expression
  • I went to the ______ store to buy a birthday card.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!