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 (hĭn′do͝o-stä′nē, -stăn′ē)
A group of Indic dialects including the spoken form of Hindi-Urdu that function as a lingua franca throughout much of northern and central India.
Of or relating to Hindustan, its people, or the Hindustani language.


(ˌhɪndʊˈstɑːnɪ) or




1. (Languages) the dialect of Hindi spoken in Delhi: used as a lingua franca throughout India
2. (Languages) a group of languages or dialects consisting of all spoken forms of Hindi and Urdu considered together
3. (Languages) of or relating to these languages or Hindustan
4. (Peoples) of or relating to these languages or Hindustan
5. (Placename) of or relating to these languages or Hindustan


(ˌhɪn dʊˈstɑ ni, -ˈstæn i)

1. a standardized form of the Hindi language based on the speech of the Delhi region.
2. of or pertaining to Hindustan, its people, or their languages.
[1610–20; < Hindi, Urdu Hindūstānī < Persian, =Hindūstān region of the Indus, Sind (Hindū Hindu + stān country) + suffix of appurtenance]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Hindustani - a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or IndiaHindustani - a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India
Hindustan - northern region of India where Hinduism predominates
Asian, Asiatic - a native or inhabitant of Asia
brahman, brahmin - a member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas; "originally all brahmans were priests"
Kshatriya - a member of the royal or warrior Hindu caste
Rajpoot, Rajput - a member of the dominant Hindu military caste in northern India
Shudra, Sudra - a member of the lowest or worker Hindu caste
Vaisya - a member of the mercantile and professional Hindu caste; the third of the four main castes
2.Hindustani - a form of Hindi spoken around Delhi
Hindi - the most widely spoken of modern Indic vernaculars; spoken mostly in the north of India; along with English it is the official language of India; usually written in Devanagari script
Adj.1.Hindustani - of or relating to or characteristic of Hindustan or its people or language


B. N (Ling) → indostaní m


Bewohner(in) m(f)Hindustans
(Ling) → Hindustani nt
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Hindustanis make up large chunks of the populations in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.
This is the time to prove that no matter whichever state we are from, whichever religion we belong to, whatever is our language and whatever our customs and practices, we are first Hindustanis," the Prime Minister said.