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

  • n. The alphabet in which Sanskrit and many modern Indian languages are written. Also called Nagari.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of the Devanagari script or of a Devanagari alphabet.
  • n. An abugida script used to write several Indian languages, mainly Sanskrit and Hindi, but also Marathi, Kashmiri, Sindhi, Bihari, Bhili, Konkani, and Bhojpuri. It is also used to write Nepali in Nepal.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The script or characters in which Sanskrit and Hindi are written.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The Sanskrit alphabet: same as Nagari.

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

  • n. a syllabic script used in writing Sanskrit and Hindi


Sanskrit devanāgarī, royal city writing (from its supposedly having been invented in Pataliputra, a royal city in India) : deva-, divine, royal; nāgarī, feminine of nāgara-, of a city (from nagaram, city, probably of Dravidian origin).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit देवनागरी (Devánāgarī), compound of देव (devá, "half-human — demi-divine") + नगर (nágara, "town, city"). (Wiktionary)



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