Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Punjabi dance music traditionally performed during harvest festivals and weddings, characterized by the beating of a large, two-headed drum.
  • n. A popular style of music combining traditional bhangra drumming with modern Western instruments and rhythms.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A lively style of music originating from India.
  • n. A traditional Punjabi folk dance, originally a celebration of the harvest.
  • n. Any of various modern Punjabi dance styles of the 1950s and 1990s.

Etymologies

Punjabi bhāngṛā.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Punjabi ਭੰਗੜਾ (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • At first it was music -- a funked-up version of a Punjabi folk dance called bhangra -- that gave British-Asians a voice.

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  • The weight-shedding Punjabi 'bhangra' dance exercise has beensuccessfully adopted by the Bathinda police in the state of Punjabin India andwill be followedprobably bythe entire state to make cops fitter and healthier.

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  • Mika Singh's jocularly loud and impulsive vocals take the fort with celebrating 'bhangra' feel in situational sounding 'Man Mouji Matwala'.

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  • It starts off well in trendy set of electronic arrangements that raises expectations but settles down with routine 'bhangra' beat patterns with moderate appeal.

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  • Must be able to mainly answer questions related to 'bhangra' with proper well thought out answers, and occasionally create new forum topics.

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  • Swelling on folksy Punjabi moods, Dhruv Dhalla composes the funkier paced 'bhangra' beat track that brings out the gist of tomfoolery happenings in enthralling 'Kukduk'.

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  • When the guys do the 'bhangra', girls do the 'gidda'.

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  • Pritam makes a flamboyant arrival of '' bhangra '' celebration that comes all the way with bombastic '' dhol '' beats and vibrant orchestrations in loud '' n '' peppy '' Sambhale ''.

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  • Like all Pritam's major '' bhangra '' hits, it has racy rap rendition with festive Shabbir Ahmed's lyrics setting out a tempo for a grandiloquent celebration.

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