[ puhn-jahb, puhn-jahb ]
/ pʌnˈdʒɑb, ˈpʌn dʒɑb /
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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.
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Origin of Punjab

First recorded in 1830–35; from Hindi, Urdu Panjāb, from Persian panj âb, literally “(land of) five waters, five rivers” (the Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, and Beas, tributaries of the Indus)
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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)
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