Type Political Subdivision & Region
Usage English, Afrikaans, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, German, Indonesian, Italian, Malay, Norwegian, Swedish, Tagalog
Other Forms FormsPanjab
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Meaning & History
From Punjabi پنجاب (Paṉjāb) or ਪੰਜਾਬ (Pañjāb) which is from Persian پنجاب (panjâb) meaning "five rivers" or "five waters", derived from پنج (panj) meaning "five" and آب (âb) meaning "water, river". The Persian term is probably derived from Sanskrit पञ्चनद (pañcanada) meaning "land of the five rivers", given in reference to the five rivers that run through the region: Jhelum, Chenab, Ravi, Sutlej, and Beas. This is the name of a region in South Asia, a province in Pakistan, and a state in northern India.