kha·​rif kə-ˈrēf How to pronounce kharif (audio)
: the Indian subcontinent's fall harvest

Note: Kharif is a secondary harvest that consists of various crops, such as rice, sugarcane, corn (maize), and cotton.

compare rabi

Word History


borrowed from Hindi ḵẖarīf and Urdu kharīf, borrowed from Arabic kharīf "autumn"

First Known Use

circa 1836, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kharif was circa 1836

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Cite this Entry

“Kharif.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

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