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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.
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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]
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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)]
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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
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Translations
urdština
úrdú
Urdu
urdu

Urdu

[ˈʊəduː] N (Ling) → urdu m
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Urdu

[ˈʊərduː] nourdou m, urdu m
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Urdu

nUrdu nt
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Urdu

[ˈɜːduː] nurdu m
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Pakistan television, she noted, was instrumental in promoting the Urdu language and literature alongside a tehzeeb, which no longer existed in the present day.
ISLAMABAD: The Embassy of Pakistan in France in collaboration with a French non-governmental organization "Together for Human Development (EPDH)" has formally launched Urdu language learning classes which will benefit French students of Pakistani origin as well as students of other nationalities.
The JI chiefin defence of his resolution said Article 251 of the Constitution clearly directed to implement Urdu language as official language, however, the decision could not be implemented even after 45 years.
Shamsuddin Raheemi delivered a short speech on the occasion where he stressed the importance of such programmes in promoting Urdu language and literature.
Other cultural figures from India are also attending, including academic Ali Ahmad Fatmi, who's been a Urdu professor at the University of Allahabad and authored over 15 books on Urdu language and literature.
The government should make efforts to make Urdu language a prominent part of our culture one that is not only a medium for the entertainment industry but also at schools and in other work fields.