Definition of Basij in English:

Basij

(also basij, baseej)

noun

  • 1(The name of) a volunteer militia founded in Iran in 1979.

  • 2A member of this militia.

Origin

1980s; earliest use found in The Winnipeg Free Press. From Persian basīj, specific use of basīj preparation for a journey or campaign, of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

Basij

/baˈsiːdʒ/