Definition of Bihari in US English:



  • 1A native or inhabitant of Bihar.

    • ‘We tend to think of him as the archetypical rustic Bihari but in his case, still waters do run deep.’
    • ‘Uttar Pradesh Muslims are practically Hindi-using community while Biharis still cling to Urdu and Muslims in Bengal think and use Bengali alone.’
    • ‘With few prospects at home, 15 million Biharis have left in search of work, competing with the poor across the country for low-end jobs and taxing the resources of more prosperous states.’
    • ‘Thirdly a large number of Muslim Bihari, Bengali and UP women come as a part of the migratory labour who marry local boys of poor families.’
    • ‘True the Turks and Persians no longer inhabit Delhi, but for UPites, Biharis, Punjabis, Delhi still is asylum……’
    • ‘There is also an Urdu-speaking minority known as Biharis, who originally came from the Indian state of Bihar during the 1947 partition and stayed on after Bangladesh's independence in 1971.’
    • ‘Like Aalam, a Bihari who speaks Hindi with a smattering of Malayalam picked up from his extended stay here.’
    • ‘The States of Punjab, Haryana and Assam are flush with Bihari workers.’
    • ‘There were Biharis from the tribes of central India, and there were some Sikhs.’
    • ‘But, the ones who can really make an offer that can't be refused are the Indians, or, in particular, any Bihari.’
    • ‘Similar rings are run in Karachi using Bihari girls from India or from Indian-immigrant families.’
    • ‘It has changed my life from a rural Bihari to the owner of a cab.’
    • ‘The encounter of two Biharis in an American university campus is presented without comment, without judgment or explanation.’
    • ‘On a lighter note Biharis are champion guzzlers of Chyawanprash: they account for 28 per cent of the national consumption.’
  • 2A group of three closely related Indic languages (Bhojpuri, Maithili, and Magahi) spoken principally in Bihar.

    • ‘In recognition of this, he refuses an aspiring and destitute Bihari poet money, but pays for his meals.’
    • ‘The search for relevance by the education council had meant not only the inclusion of Bihari writers like Tabish Khair among the contributors but also pieces that provided urgent social critique.’
    • ‘A similar development can be observed in the Bihari script used in medieval India for Quranic texts.’
    • ‘I look down on a row of small eateries and pan, bidi, cigarette shops where the sellers and buyers speak Bihari Hindi, not Calcutta’s native Bengali.’
    • ‘I don't expect Microsoft to localize Outlook for Bihari, Tonga or Swahili anytime soon, but Google is well on its way toward supporting these languages on its main platform.’
    • ‘This girl has not only managed to speak good Bihari Hindi she also recited a shloka in Hindi with proper intonation and pronunciation.’


  • Relating to Bihar, its peoples, or their languages.

    • ‘She is a leader of her community, the only Hindu in a settlement of Bihari Muslims.’
    • ‘The Katha Executive director, Geeta Dharmarajan, said Tamasha Roadshow was especially concentrating on Rajasthani and Bihari children with the main aim of improving their lives.’
    • ‘It purported to be an essay written by a Bihari candidate at the Union Public Service Commission examinations for the Indian Administrative Service.’
    • ‘The exhibition displayed Bihari folk paintings of Butlikanju and Mudrikadevi.’
    • ‘And I know that in Dhaka almost 40% of the barbers are from Bihari camps.’
    • ‘Outside the capital, electricity had virtually ceased to be supplied - this despite the fact that Bihari mines produced almost all of India's coal.’
    • ‘Also has the distinction of making more of a mess of Bihari politics than previously considered possible.’


From Hindi Bihārī.