Definition of Paharia in English:

Paharia

(also Pahariya)

noun

  • 1In South Asia: a person from the hills; specifically a member of any of a number of indigenous peoples of the hill areas of northern India originally speaking Munda or Dravidian languages.

  • 2Any of the Munda or Dravidian languages of the Paharias; an unspecified non-Indo-Aryan dialect spoken in the hills.

adjective

  • Of, relating to, or designating the Paharias or their languages.

Origin

Early 19th century. From Bihari pahāṛiyā (native or inhabitant) of the hills from Hindi pahāṛ mountain area + -iyā, suffix forming nouns and adjectives.

Pronunciation

Paharia

/pəˈhɑːrɪə/