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

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Recent Examples on the Web Radial Grooves, an a cappella group, selects two songs to perform; the campus hip-hop and bhangra groups choreograph routines. New York Times, "A Medical Class ‘Minted by the Pandemic’," 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, "His Gym Class Turns Into a Bollywood Musical," 9 Feb. 2019 Unlike those classics, though, the music video features turbaned dancers in flashy kurtas belting out Punjabi lyrics while gyrating to bhangra beats, before a stage-set of lorries. The Economist, "An all-American industry changes the all-American way," 3 May 2018

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First Known Use of bhangra

1987, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bhangra

Panjabi bhaṁgṛā, a kind of folk dance

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The first known use of bhangra was in 1987

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“Bhangra.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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