Definition of jatha in English:

jatha

noun

Indian
  • 1An armed parade, especially of Sikhs.

    • ‘So we were not the targets of the Sikh jathas [armed bands] who'd ambushed the train.’
    • ‘The jathas served as Sikh paramilitary forces when violence broke out during and after the partition of British India in 1947.’
    • ‘The AISAD local unit has requested the SGPC to review its decision of not sending Sikh jathas to Pakistan.’
    • ‘Sikh jathas also came from Canada, Hong Kong and Shanghai to join the campaign.’
    • ‘Up to now, Sikhs forces were divided into 65 jathas. Nawab Kapur singh reorganised them into Eleven bands, each of course with its own name, flag and leader.’
    procession, march, cavalcade, motorcade, carcade, cortège, ceremony, spectacle, display, pageant, concours, file, train, column
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    1. 1.1 A long march, usually aimed at spreading a message.
      • ‘The children came to the darbar at 6.45 am, and one of the jathas led the recitation of Japji Sahib.’
      • ‘A world peace jatha was taken out here on Sunday to mark world Scouts centenary celebration.’
      • ‘They walked up to the Gandhi statue near Rajendra Maidan in a jatha and paid their tributes.’
      • ‘The jathas also brought about a close integration between literacy and development, literacy and science and literacy and environment.’

Origin

From Punjabi, from Hindi jāthā.

Pronunciation

jatha

/ˈdʒɑːtə/