Definition of Pakistani in US English:



  • Relating to Pakistan or its people.

    ‘my wife is Pakistani’
    ‘recent Pakistani history’
    • ‘Many Indian and Pakistani musicians spend as much time abroad as at home, not just performing but also teaching.’
    • ‘He tried to instill Pakistani traditions in his six sons and one daughter.’
    • ‘It is difficult to identify food that is specifically Pakistani because the region shares food traditions with its neighbor, India.’
    • ‘The Pakistani actress has formally announced her retirement from the commercial film industry.’
    • ‘His mother is English, his father Pakistani.’
    • ‘Shamsie, a third generation Pakistani writer, was born in Karachi in 1973 and is now based in the U.S.’
    • ‘Born in England to Pakistani parents in 1967, she moved with her family to Toronto in the mid 70s.’


  • A native or inhabitant of Pakistan, or a person of Pakistani descent.

    ‘many Pakistanis work in the oil-exporting countries of the Middle East’
    • ‘Pakistanis with foreign ties often retain strong bonds to their homeland and can offer resources and expertise the country needs.’
    • ‘A Pakistani who had graduated from MIT a few years ago talked about how he had set up a software company to make tools for large websites.’
    • ‘Many Pakistanis welcomed his remarks with enthusiasm.’
    • ‘It is George's desire to appear to be a good Pakistani that leads him to trouble.’
    • ‘Urdu is the official language of Pakistan, although only about ten percent of all Pakistanis speak it.’
    • ‘The military officers include Pakistanis, Bangladeshis, a Nigerian and a Brit.’