Urdu


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Ur·du

 (o͝or′do͞o, ûr′-)
n.
An Indic language that is the official literary language of Pakistan, essentially identical to Hindi in its spoken form but in its literary form heavily influenced by Persian and Arabic and written in an Arabic alphabet.

[Urdu urdū, short for zabān-i urdū : Persian zabān, language, tongue + Persian , of the + Persian urdū, camp, court (from Old Turkic ordu, residence, court).]

Ur′du adj.

Urdu

(ˈʊəduː; ˈɜː-)
n
(Languages) an official language of Pakistan, also spoken in India. The script derives primarily from Persia. It belongs to the Indic branch of the Indo-European family of languages, being closely related to Hindi but containing many Arabic and Persian loan words
[C18: from Hindustani (zabāni) urdū (language of the) camp, from Persian urdū camp, from Turkish ordū]

Ur•du

(ˈʊər du, ˈɜr-)

n.
a standardized form of Hindi, written in Arabic script, used by Muslims in India and Pakistan: the official language of Pakistan.
[< Urdu, Hindi urdū, extracted from Persian zabān i urdū literally, language of the camp (ultimately < Turkic; see horde)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Urdu - the official literary language of Pakistan, closely related to Hindi; widely used in India (mostly by Moslems); written in Arabic 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
Translations
urdština
úrdú
Urdu
urdu

Urdu

[ˈʊəduː] N (Ling) → urdu m

Urdu

[ˈʊərduː] nourdou m, urdu m

Urdu

nUrdu nt

Urdu

[ˈɜːduː] nurdu m
References in classic literature ?
'O Children, what is that big house?' he said in very fair Urdu.
And they went at it all over again, the lama taking snuff, wiping his spectacles, and talking at railway speed in a bewildering mixture of Urdu and Tibetan.
The old man seemed to be especially interested in Urdu poetry and asked 'Is ghazal the only form of expression in Urdu poetry?' My answer was 'not at all, by no means'.
KARACHI -- Deputy Mayor Karachi Syed Arshad Hasan, paying tribute to services of Baba-i-Urdu Moulvi Abdul Haq for promoting Urdu, said on Friday that the establishment of Urdu University was in fact due to his efforts.
DHABEJI -- The President of the Ladies Wing TehreekNifaz Urdu Pakistan Saba Fazal while talking to newsmen announced to launch a campaign from the 8th to 15th February 20020 to get signatures from 13.5 million people for the promotion of Urdu language.
MAN OF LETTERS: Mohammad Sulaiman Dehlvi has long been associated with different literary and educational activities related to the promotion of Urdu language in Qatar.
But, so acute is the bigotry of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in India that it equates Islam with Urdu and treats Urdu as the language of its Muslim minority.
ISLAMABAD -- The second edition of Urdu Cultural Day was celebrated by French National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations (INALCO) in Paris, France yesterday with a splendid display of Pakistan culture, recitation of Urdu poetry, singing of Urdu songs and photographic exhibition of Pakistan's rich cultural and architecture heritage.
It is stated that Urdu which is the national language of Pakistan, is being forgotten by Pakistani people.
Islamabad -- Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) has planned to introduce Urdu short-term certificate online-courses for domestic and international learners from the next year.
On Friday, November 16 at Al Bustan Palace Hotel Auditorium, the much awaited annual event for the lovers of Urdu and Hindi poetry will be held under the banner of Urdu Wing of Indian Social Club (ISC).
Besides this award, special awards will be presented to Hassan Abdul Karim Chougule, Chairman of Anjuman Mohibban-e-Urdu Hind, Doha, Saif-ur-Rehman, In charge, Qatar Urdu Radio Service, Azim Abbas, Chairman, Karwan-e-Urdu, Doha and Kamran Rehmat, Editor, Community, Gulf Times, for their outstanding contribution in promoting Urdu language, literature and poetry, said Majlis-Frogh-e-Urdu Adab's Mohammad Atiq.