Definition of bhadralok in English:


(also bhadralog)


mass nounIndian
  • 1Prosperous, well-educated people, typically Bengalis, regarded as members of a social class.

    as modifier ‘Kolkata's bhadralok circles’
    • ‘This new book is based on a legal case well known among bhadralok Bengalis.’
    • ‘The narrator is a man from a penurious bhadralok family, about to journey to Calcutta, without much enthusiasm, in hope of employment.’
    • ‘These pages were avidly read by the dhoti-clad, Anglophile bhadralok of Bengal, who combined a fierce nationalism with a profound love of the English language and its literature.’
    • ‘I guess he came to this knowledge early, for he belongs to that most musical of Indian communities, the Bengali bhadralok.’
    • ‘Ray transformed the bohemian interlude into a study of the discoveries and self-discoveries, of Bengali bhadralok far from the madding crowd.’
    best, pick, cream, flower, nonpareil, elect
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    1. 1.1count noun A member of the bhadralok social class.
      ‘he knew I wasn't a real bhadralok because bhadraloks won't talk to a vendor like that’
      • ‘Thus, the Tam-Brams, Angaapalays and Mallus took care of the South and the bhadraloks looked after the North-East.’
      • ‘However, vast changes took place in the Bengali social structure during the Crown's period and in the process, all educated and respectable people, irrespective of religions, were recognised as bhadraloks.’
      • ‘The measures stirred the nationalist bhadraloks to move for alternative systems of education.’
      • ‘In the old days when there were few women in newspapers, there was a tendency to be protective towards them by the national press and the bhadraloks.’
      • ‘The head start of the upper castes in education enabled them to monopolize jobs and professions, so much that the upper caste bhadraloks have since exercised undisputed authority in the public realm.’


From Hindi bhadralog, Bengali bhadralok, from Sanskrit bhadrá ‘worthy, respectable’ + loká ‘folk, people’.