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Punjabi Relationship Vocabulary: 50+ Best Words

Would you like to learn about Punjabi relationship vocabulary as a sign of showing respect for the other Punjabis around you? In this blog post, we will walk you through all the important terms related to relationships, so let’s get started!

Punjabi Relationship Vocabulary

So you’re a foreigner who fell for a Punjabi Indian girl or boy. Well here are a few things you need to know about the dating culture in Punjab before deciding whether to date a Punjabi or not.

Cultural Norms

Punjab is not a very developed region and hence the Punjabi culture is very conservative. They follow the old teachings where you have to take permission from the elders before dating a guy or girl, unlike the modern world where it’s not necessary. Especially when it comes to girls, Punjabi families are very protective of them. If you are a guy who wants to date a Punjabi girl you will most likely have to pass an interview in which all the elders of the family will be there. Not only that, girls aren’t allowed to freely go out with guys in most families unless they are married or engaged to the guy.

Religious Values

Punjab is a land of three main religions. There are Muslims, Hindus, and Sikhs. Sikhs are the major population. Whatever the religion maybe they are very strict when it comes to the religion of their partners. Punjabi families prefer someone of the same religion for their sons and daughters too. It is very hard to date in Punjab if your partner has a different religion. While dating someone with different religious views than you is getting more acceptable it will still be a long time before it is normalized.

Land Disputes

Punjabi relationship vocabulary

As Punjab is a place where people own and inherit large land it is often disputed between many families. That is why Punjabis prefer their daughters and sons to date someone from their close relatives as there would be no land disputes if it’s between two people of the same family.

Punjabis also have blood-run disputes between families that continue for many generations due to land or power distribution. Other than that Punjabis also prefer dating other Punjabis and not people from other areas of the country. It’s easier for the partner to adjust to the culture when he or she has been raised in the same culture. 

Caste System

Punjabis like other communities in India strongly believe in the caste system and consider some cases to be superior to others. If you belong to a different caste you would not be considered a perfect match for your girlfriend or boyfriend. Again this trend is getting lesser day today but still holds great importance in the rural areas of Punjab. You don’t need to worry about the caste you belong to in the urban areas of Punjab tho. 

Physical Appearance

Another important thing to consider about the dating culture in Punjab is that physical appearance is given great value in Punjabi culture. Especially when it comes to girls, a Punjabi family would always prefer a prettier girl for their sons regardless of her education or personality. Punjabi men also prefer to date more beautiful young women. This trend is also going extinct in urban Punjab where a girl isn’t judged based solely on her looks. Any educated Punjabi family would look for more mature traits to look for while selecting a partner for their sons or daughters. 

Extended Punjabi Family

Punjabi relationship vocabulary

Punjabi kinship terms have certain relationships which are. In India, the concept of the joint family system is quite prevalent which provides you with family members who might not be your relatives by law but you would consider your brother.

Let’s look at some such terms that you can use according to your own preferences!

Relationships in EnglishRelationships in PunjabiRomanized Punjabi
AuntਮਾਸੀMāsī
Brotherਭਰਾbharā
Brother’s Daughterਭਰਾ ਦੀ ਧੀbharā dī dhī
Brother’s Sonਭਰਾ ਦਾ ਪੁੱਤਰbharā dā putara
Brother’s Wifeਭਰਾ ਦੀ ਪਤਨੀbharā dī patanī
Cousinਚਚੇਰਾ ਭਰਾcacērā bharā
Daughterਧੀdhī
Daughter’s Daughterਧੀ ਦੀ ਧੀdhī dī dhī
Daughter’s Sonਧੀ ਦਾ ਪੁੱਤਰdhī dā putara
Familyਪਰਿਵਾਰparivāra
Fatherਪਿਤਾpitā
Father’s Elder Brotherਪਿਤਾ ਦਾ ਵੱਡਾ ਭਰਾpitā dā vaḍā bharā
Father’s Fatherਪਿਤਾ ਦਾ ਪਿਤਾpitā dā pitā
Father’s Motherਪਿਤਾ ਦੀ ਮਾਤਾpitā dī mātā
Father’s Sisterਪਿਤਾ ਦੀ ਭੈਣpitā dī bhaiṇa
Father’s Younger Brotherਪਿਤਾ ਦਾ ਛੋਟਾ ਭਰਾpitā dā chōṭā bharā
Friendsਦੋਸਤੋdōsatō
Husbandਪਤੀpatī
Husband’s Sisterਪਤੀ ਦੀ ਭੈਣpatī dī bhaiṇa
Mamaਮਾਮਾmāmā
Maternal Or Paternal Sideਮਾਤਾ ਜਾਂ ਪਿਤਾ ਦਾ ਪੱਖmātā jāṁ pitā dā pakha
Motherਮਾਂmāṁ
Mother’s Brotherਮਾਂ ਦਾ ਭਰਾmāṁ dā bharā
Mother’s Fatherਮਾਤਾ ਦੇ ਪਿਤਾmātā dē pitā
Mother’s Motherਮਾਂ ਦੀ ਮਾਂmāṁ dī māṁ
Mother’s Sisterਮਾਂ ਦੀ ਭੈਣmāṁ dī bhaiṇa
Older Brotherਵੱਡਾ ਭਰਾvaḍā bharā
Paternalਪਿਤਾਮਾpitāmā
Punjabi Familyਪੰਜਾਬੀ ਪਰਿਵਾਰpajābī parivāra
Relationshipਰਿਸ਼ਤਾriśatā
Relationshipsਰਿਸ਼ਤੇriśatē
Sisterਭੈਣbhaiṇa
Sistersਭੈਣਾਂbhaiṇāṁ
Sister’s Husbandਭੈਣ ਦਾ ਪਤੀbhaiṇa dā patī
Sister’s Sonਭੈਣ ਦਾ ਪੁੱਤਰbhaiṇa dā putara
Sonਪੁੱਤਰputara
Sonsਪੁੱਤਰputara
Son’s Daughterਪੁੱਤਰ ਦੀ ਧੀputara dī dhī
Son’s Sonਪੁੱਤਰ ਦਾ ਪੁੱਤਰputara dā putara
Uncleਅੰਕਲakala
Wifeਪਤਨੀpatanī
Wife’s Brotherਪਤਨੀ ਦਾ ਭਰਾpatanī dā bharā
Wife’s Sister’s Husbandਪਤਨੀ ਦੀ ਭੈਣ ਦਾ ਪਤੀpatanī dī bhaiṇa dā patī
Younger Brotherਛੋਟਾ ਭਰਾchōṭā bharā
Younger Sisterਛੋਟੀ ਭੈਣchōṭī bhaiṇa

Endearing Words in Punjabi

There are different words that are relevant when talking about the Punjabi relationships. If you are wondering how the Punjabis might talk about love then here is a list of more options that you can learn and use in your everyday life.

English WordsPunjabi WordsRomanized Punjabi
Admireਪ੍ਰਸ਼ੰਸਾ ਕਰੋPraśasā karō
Adorableਮਨਮੋਹਕmanamōhaka
Adorationਪੂਜਾpūjā
Adoreਅਡੋਰaḍōra
Amazingਹੈਰਾਨੀਜਨਕhairānījanaka
Amorousਕਾਮੁਕkāmuka
Angelਦੂਤdūta
Ardentਜੋਰਦਾਰjōradāra
Beautifulਸੁੰਦਰsudara
Beguileਬੇਗੁਲੇbēgulē
Belovedਪਿਆਰੇpi’ārē
Better Halfਬੈਟਰ ਹਾਫbaiṭara hāpha
Bewitchingਮਨਮੋਹਕmanamōhaka
Careਦੇਖਭਾਲdēkhabhāla
Caressਸਵਾਹsavāha
Cherishਪਾਲਦੇ ਹਨpāladē hana
Chivalrousਚਾਪਲੂਸcāpalūsa
Chooseਚੁਣੋcuṇō
Courtਅਦਾਲਤadālata
Courtshipਕੋਰਟਸ਼ਿਪkōraṭaśipa
Crazy For Youਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਲਈ ਪਾਗਲtuhāḍē la’ī pāgala
Cuddleਗਲੇgalē
Cupcakeਕੱਪਕੇਕkapakēka
CutieCutieCutie
Dallianceਡਾਲੀਅਨਸḍālī’anasa
Darlingਡਾਰਲਿੰਗḍāraliga
Darlingਡਾਰਲਿੰਗḍāraliga
Daydreamਦਿਨ ਦਾ ਸੁਪਨਾdina dā supanā
Dearestਸਭ ਤੋਂ ਪਿਆਰਾsabha tōṁ pi’ārā
Delightਅਨੰਦanada
Devotionਸ਼ਰਧਾśaradhā
Dotingਡੋਟਿੰਗḍōṭiga
Dreamyਸੁਪਨੇ ਵਾਲਾsupanē vālā
Embraceਗਲੇ ਲਗਾਓgalē lagā’ō
Enamoredਮੋਹਿਤmōhita
Enchantingਮਨਮੋਹਕmanamōhaka
Enthrallingਮਨਮੋਹਕmanamōhaka
Enticeਲੁਭਾਉਣਾlubhā’uṇā
Fairy-Taleਪਰੀਆ ਦੀ ਕਹਾਣੀparī’ā dī kahāṇī
Fancifulਕਲਪਨਾਪੂਰਣkalapanāpūraṇa
Fancyਫੈਂਸੀphainsī
Fantasizeਕਲਪਨਾ ਕਰੋkalapanā karō
Friend And Loverਦੋਸਤ ਅਤੇ ਪ੍ਰੇਮੀdōsata atē prēmī
Gorgeousਸ਼ਾਨਦਾਰśānadāra
Handsomeਸੁੰਦਰsudara
Heavenlyਸਵਰਗੀsavaragī
Honeyਸ਼ਹਿਦśahida
Immortalizeਅਮਰ ਕਰ ਦੇਣਾamara kara dēṇā
Impassionedਭਾਵੁਕbhāvuka
Infatuationਮੋਹmōha
Intimateਗੂੜ੍ਹਾgūṛhā
Intoxicatingਨਸ਼ਾ ਕਰਨ ਵਾਲਾnaśā karana vālā
Keeper Of My Heartਮੇਰੇ ਦਿਲ ਦਾ ਰੱਖਿਅਕmērē dila dā rakhi’aka
Liaisonਸੰਪਰਕsaparaka
Life-Changingਜੀਵਨ-ਬਦਲਣ ਵਾਲਾjīvana-badalaṇa vālā
Light Of My Lifeਮੇਰੀ ਜ਼ਿੰਦਗੀ ਦੀ ਰੋਸ਼ਨੀmērī zidagī dī rōśanī
Loverਪ੍ਰੇਮੀprēmī
Lovesickਲਵਸਿਕlavasika
Lovey-Doveyਪਿਆਰ ਭਰਿਆpi’āra bhari’ā
Main Squeezeਮੁੱਖ ਸਕਿਊਜ਼mukha saki’ūza
Mesmerizeਮੋਹਿਤ ਕਰੋmōhita karō
My Everythingਮੇਰਾ ਸਭ ਕੁਝmērā sabha kujha
My Loveਮੇਰਾ ਪਿਆਰmērā pi’āra
My Sweetਮੇਰੇ ਮਿੱਠੇmērē miṭhē
Needਲੋੜ ਹੈlōṛa hai
Overtureਓਵਰਚਰōvaracara
Paramourਪਰਮੂਰparamūra
Passionateਭਾਵੁਕbhāvuka
Prince Charmingਬੜਾ ਹੀ ਸੋਹਨਾbaṛā hī sōhanā
Princessਰਾਜਕੁਮਾਰੀrājakumārī
Prizeਇਨਾਮināma
Pumpkinਕੱਦੂkadū
Reverenceਸਤਿਕਾਰsatikāra
Sensualਕਾਮੁਕkāmuka
Starry-Eyedਤਾਰੀ—ਅੱਖਾਂ ਵਾਲਾtārī—akhāṁ vālā
Sweetheartਪਿਆਰੇpi’ārē
Sweetieਸਵੀਟੀsavīṭī
Sweetnessਮਿਠਾਸmiṭhāsa
Swoonਸੁੰਨsuna
Tenderਟੈਂਡਰṭaiṇḍara
Treasureਖਜਾਨਾkhajānā
Valueਮੁੱਲmula
Wantਚਾਹੁੰਦੇcāhudē
Wonderfulਅਦਭੁਤadabhuta
Worshipਪੂਜਾ, ਭਗਤੀpūjā, bhagatī
Yearnਤਰਸtarasa

Bonus Phrases

Here are some bonus phrases for you to impress your loved ones!

English PhrasesPunjabi PhrasesRomanized Punjabi
I hereby declare my love and affection toward you.ਮੈਂ ਇਸ ਦੁਆਰਾ ਤੁਹਾਡੇ ਪ੍ਰਤੀ ਆਪਣੇ ਪਿਆਰ ਅਤੇ ਸਨੇਹ ਦਾ ਐਲਾਨ ਕਰਦਾ ਹਾਂ।Maiṁ isa du’ārā tuhāḍē pratī āpaṇē pi’āra atē sanēha dā ailāna karadā hāṁ.
We make a good team.ਅਸੀਂ ਇੱਕ ਚੰਗੀ ਟੀਮ ਬਣਾਉਂਦੇ ਹਾਂ।Asīṁ ika cagī ṭīma baṇā’undē hāṁ.
We’re meant for each other.ਅਸੀਂ ਇੱਕ ਦੂਜੇ ਲਈ ਹਾਂ।Asīṁ ika dūjē la’ī hāṁ.
We’re soul mates.ਅਸੀਂ ਰੂਹ ਦੇ ਸਾਥੀ ਹਾਂ।Asīṁ rūha dē sāthī hāṁ.
You are the object of my affection.ਤੂੰ ਮੇਰੇ ਪਿਆਰ ਦਾ ਵਸਤੂ ਹੈਂ।Tū mērē pi’āra dā vasatū haiṁ.
You can’t deny what’s between us.ਤੁਸੀਂ ਸਾਡੇ ਵਿਚਕਾਰ ਜੋ ਕੁਝ ਹੈ ਉਸ ਤੋਂ ਇਨਕਾਰ ਨਹੀਂ ਕਰ ਸਕਦੇ।Tusīṁ sāḍē vicakāra jō kujha hai usa tōṁ inakāra nahīṁ kara sakadē.
You’re incredible.ਤੁਸੀਂ ਸ਼ਾਨਦਾਰ ਹੋ।Tusīṁ śānadāra hō.
You’re my man.ਤੁਸੀਂ ਮੇਰੇ ਆਦਮੀ ਹੋ।Tusīṁ mērē ādamī hō.
You’re my other half.ਤੁਸੀਂ ਮੇਰਾ ਅੱਧਾ ਹਿੱਸਾ ਹੋ।Tusīṁ mērā adhā hisā hō.

Wrapping Up

Punjabi relationship vocab

That’s it for this blog post. You surely had a lot to learn. We also have several youtube videos for you which will help you learn the Punjabi language even better. If you want to learn more languages even the Ling App is a spectacular option since we provide lessons in almost all the languages which will help you in speaking and improving your pronunciation. We also have other blogposts like Punjabi Emergency Phrases and Eid Wishes In Punjabi.

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