Definition of Baluchi in English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of Baluchistan.

    • ‘Most Baluchis are Sunnis and are afraid of the Shiite hardliners.’
    • ‘Most of the leaflets were threatening for which reason many Afghans, especially Pashtuns and Baluchis, found them insulting.’
    • ‘Also, there are many Baluchis; their straw lean-tos and campfires are to be seen along the road.’
    • ‘The discussion on minorities in Pakistan has drifted aimlessly into defining Baluchis, Sindhis and Pashtuns as minorities and Pakistan as seething cauldron under Punjabi domination.’
    • ‘The idea of ancient Baluchis meeting for board game nights not unlike the ones I indulge in is quite charming.’
    • ‘When I was captured by the Baluchis, a tribal regiment of Pakistan, they took away all my possessions.’
    • ‘Today, the Baluchi see themselves as a neglected minority in a country whose government is controlled by non-Baluch i ethnic groups such as the Punjabis.’
    • ‘There are also several distinct ethnic and linguistic groups in Pakistan, including Pathans, Punjabis, Sindhis, and Baluchis.’
    • ‘For centuries it has been inhabited by tribespeople - Afridis, Waziris, Baluchis and many more - each boasting to be more fearsome than the others.’
    • ‘In other words, one is a Punjabi, Baluchi, Sindhi, or Pashtun before one is a Pakistani.’
    • ‘The Baluchis developed quite a sophisticated understanding of this whilst fighting the Pakistani state in the 1970s.’
    • ‘The principal non-Persian Indo-European speakers include Kurds, Lurs, Baluchis, and Armenians, making up approximately 15 percent of the population.’
    • ‘Just as in the province of Kurdistan, there are Kurds, in Azerbaijan Turks, in Turkmenistan, Turkoman and in Baluchistan, Baluchis.’
    • ‘Once cooked, this dish is eaten with a knife, although Baluchi usually eat with their hands.’
  • 2mass noun The language of the Iranian group spoken by over 5 million people in and around Baluchistan.

    • ‘He shares Dyer's flair for languages, especially Nepali and Baluchi.’
    • ‘It also contains Turkic Azeri, Turkmen and Qashqai speakers, and smaller Indo-European languages like Lur and Baluchi.’
    • ‘The majority of the population speaks regional dialects, like Punjabi, Baluchi, and Sindhi, which are taught is the nation's schools along with Urdu.’
    • ‘In addition to Persian, some Hazaras also speak Pashtu, Baluchi, and Turkic.’
    • ‘Many Brahui-speakers are bilingual, speaking Baluchi or other local languages.’


  • Relating to the Baluchi or their language.

    • ‘Pinned to the rear bulkhead is a red-and-blue Baluchi prayer rug.’
    • ‘Its people range from urban technocrats to traditional Bakhtiari and Baluchi nomads.’
    • ‘Pakistani officials have, in turn, accused India and, by implication, the US, of stirring up Baluchi separatists.’
    • ‘Census figures were not broken down into ethnic or linguistic categories, although it can be estimated that several hundred thousand Omanis were of Baluchi origin.’
    • ‘Indeed, Pakistani Muslims too are reconsidering their position, increasingly emphasizing their ethnic (Sindhi, Baluchi, Pathan) identities and musing about some kind of confederation with India.’


From Persian Balūč(ī).