1. region in NW India & NE Pakistan, between the upper Indus & Jumna rivers: formerly a province of India, it was divided between India & Pakistan (1947); chief city, Lahore (now in Pakistan)
2. state of India, in this region: 19,445 sq mi (50,362 sq km); pop. 21,695,000; cap. Chandigarh
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Word origin of 'Punjab'Hindi Panjāb, lit., (land of) five rivers < Sans panj, five + ab, river, water