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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
References in classic literature ?
Somehow she was sorry for him and did not want him to lie awake, so she leaned against the bed and began to stroke and pat his hand and sing a very low little chanting song in Hindustani.
On opening it, they had found the contents to be written in a foreign language, which they rightly guessed at as Hindustani.
And all that trouble,' said he to himself, thinking as usual in Hindustani, 'for a horse's pedigree
A saying aptly describes the arrogance of the Purbias on the pay roll of the company thus: 'Hindustani baray shitani aakar aakar chalde ne [The mischievous Hindustanis walk with an arrogant swagger]'.
The Lalla Rookh Diaspora Foundation published this book in order to rectify deficiencies in knowledge of the history of the Surinamese Hindustanis (East Indians).
The book's introductory chapter deals with the departure of the Hindustanis from India, their life on the plantations, their numerical growth, their progress between 1920 and 1960, and the development of Sarnami (a linguistic variation of Hindi).
It also describes the medical care the Hindustanis received.
Eighty in-depth interviews with elderly Hindustanis living both in Suriname and in the Netherlands form the main source of this book.
Hindustanis make up large chunks of the populations in Guyana, Suriname and Trinidad & Tobago.
In addition, Hindustanis have contributed to the 'production and reproduction of social and cultural phenomena' in Singapore.
This article looks at the interplay of factors leading to the neglect of Hindustanis in Singapore's early historical documents.
As the Hindustanis were the earliest sepoys in colonial Singapore, a sparsely populated area at the time, it must have seemed like a 'frontier' area to them.