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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to Hinduism.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Hindus and their culture.
  • n. An adherent of Hinduism.
  • n. A native of India, especially northern India.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, or relating to Hinduism, or to Hindus and their culture.
  • proper n. An origin of many religions including Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism.
  • n. A person adhering to the Hindu religion (Hinduism).
  • n. Any native inhabitant of Hindustan, especially one of the Dravidian or Aryan races.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Same as Hindoo. This is now the more commonly used spelling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Properly, one of that native race in India descended from the Aryan conquerors.
  • n. One of the natives of India professing the doctrines of Hinduism.
  • Of or pertaining to the Hindus, their languages, or Hinduism.
  • Also spelled Hindoo.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of or relating to or supporting Hinduism
  • n. a person who adheres to Hinduism
  • n. a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India

Etymologies

Persian Hindū, from Hind, India; see Hindi.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Persian Hindū, from هند (Hend, Hind, "India") (cf. Old Persian 𐏃𐎡𐎯𐎢𐏁 (hindūš)), from Sanskrit सिन्धु (síndhu, "river, stream; Indus"). (Wiktionary)

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