from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. 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.
- adj. Of or relating to Hindustan, its people, or the Hindustani language.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Related to India, or historically the entire Indian subcontinent.
- proper n. A person from India (historically the entire Indian subcontinent).
- proper n. The name of the language which constitutes the Hindi and Urdu registers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. of or pertaining to Hindustan or its inhabitants.
- n. a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India.
- n. a form of Hindi spoken around Delhi. See Hindoostanee.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of or pertaining to the language called Hindustani: as, a Hindustani word. See II.
- n. One of the languages of Hindustan, a form of Hindi which grew up in the camps of the Mohammedan conquerors of India, since the eleventh century, as a medium of communication between them and the subject population of central Hindustan.
- n. Also spelled Hindoostance.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. of or relating to or characteristic of Hindustan or its people or language
- n. a form of Hindi spoken around Delhi
- n. a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India
From Hindustani हिन्दुस्तानी / ہندوستانی (hindustānī), from Persian هند (hend = Hindu) + Persian ستان (stān = land) + adjective suffix ی (ī) resulting in (hendustānī = land of the Hindus), from hend is derived from Sanskrit सिन्धु (sindhu), Sanskrit name for the Indus River. (Wiktionary)