Definition of Baluchi in US English:

Baluchi

(also Baluch)

nounPlural Baluchis

  • 1A native or inhabitant of Baluchistan.

    • ‘Once cooked, this dish is eaten with a knife, although Baluchi usually eat with their hands.’
    • ‘When I was captured by the Baluchis, a tribal regiment of Pakistan, they took away all my possessions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In other words, one is a Punjabi, Baluchi, Sindhi, or Pashtun before one is a Pakistani.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For centuries it has been inhabited by tribespeople - Afridis, Waziris, Baluchis and many more - each boasting to be more fearsome than the others.’
    • ‘The idea of ancient Baluchis meeting for board game nights not unlike the ones I indulge in is quite charming.’
    • ‘There are also several distinct ethnic and linguistic groups in Pakistan, including Pathans, Punjabis, Sindhis, and Baluchis.’
    • ‘Most Baluchis are Sunnis and are afraid of the Shiite hardliners.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2The Iranian language of Baluchistan.

    • ‘It also contains Turkic Azeri, Turkmen and Qashqai speakers, and smaller Indo-European languages like Lur and Baluchi.’
    • ‘In addition to Persian, some Hazaras also speak Pashtu, Baluchi, and Turkic.’
    • ‘Many Brahui-speakers are bilingual, speaking Baluchi or other local languages.’
    • ‘He shares Dyer's flair for languages, especially Nepali 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.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Baluchi or their language.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

From Persian Balūč(ī).

Pronunciation

Baluchi

/bəˈlo͞oCHē/