Hindi(redirected from Hindi (language))
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1. A group of vernacular Indic dialects spoken in northern India.
2. The literary and official language of northern India that is based on these dialects. It is written in Devanagari and uses Sanskrit as a resource language.
[Hindi Hindī, from Hind, India, from Persian, from Old Persian Hinduš, Sind, from Sanskrit sindhuḥ, river.]
1. (Languages) a language or group of dialects of N central India. It belongs to the Indic branch of the Indo-European family and is closely related to Urdu. See also Hindustani
2. (Languages) a formal literary dialect of this language, the official language of India, usually written in Nagari script
3. (Peoples) a person whose native language is Hindi
[C18: from Hindi hindī, from Hind India, from Old Persian Hindu the river Indus]
an Indo-Aryan language of N India, having equal status with English as an official language throughout India.
[1790–1800; < Hindi, Urdu Hindī= Persian Hind India (compare Skt Sindhu the river Indus; sense extended to “region of the Indus, Sind”) + -ī suffix]
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|Noun||1.||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|
Sanskrit, Sanskritic language - (Hinduism) an ancient language of India (the language of the Vedas and of Hinduism); an official language of India although it is now used only for religious purposes
|Adj.||1.||Hindi - of or relating to or supporting Hinduism; "the Hindu faith"|
Hindi[ˈhɪndiː] N (Ling) → hindi m
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