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[puhn-jahb, puhn-jahb] /pʌnˈdʒɑb, ˈpʌn dʒɑb/
a former province in NW British India: now divided between India and Pakistan.
a state in NW India. 47,456 sq. mi. (122,911 sq. km).
Capital: Chandigarh.
a province in NE Pakistan. 19,445 sq. mi. (50,362 sq. km).
Capital: Lahore. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The plea for co-operation is, to say the least, hypocritical in the face of the determination to refuse justice to the Punjab.

    Freedom's Battle Mahatma Gandhi
  • In Bombay I engaged a man-servant to accompany me on a trip to the Punjab.

    East of Suez Frederic Courtland Penfield
  • The upper part of the Punjab, which was ruled over ultimately by the sons of Duryodhana.

    Indian Myth and Legend Donald Alexander Mackenzie
  • If it be in the Punjab then I shall certainly return to it to that very place.

    The Eyes of Asia Rudyard Kipling
  • In the Punjab, conditions were at the same time most serious, giving rise to expectations of armed intervention there.

British Dictionary definitions for Punjab


/pʌnˈdʒɑːb; ˈpʌndʒɑːb/
(formerly) a province in NW British India: divided between India and Pakistan in 1947
a state of NW India: reorganized in 1966 as a Punjabi-speaking state, a large part forming the new state of Haryana; mainly agricultural. Capital: Chandigarh. Pop: 24 289 296 (2001). Area: 50 255 sq km (19 403 sq miles)
a province of W Pakistan: created in 1947. Capital: Lahore. Pop: 82 710 000 (2003 est). Area: 205 344 sq km (127 595 sq miles)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Punjab

region on the Indian subcontinent, from Hindi Panjab, from Persian panj "five" (from PIE *penkwo-; see five) + ab "water." So called for its five rivers. Related: Punjabi.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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