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

  • n. A group of vernacular Indic dialects spoken in northern India.
  • n. The literary and official language of northern India that is based on these dialects. It is written in Devanagari and uses Sanskrit as a resource language.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A language spoken in the Northern States of India. Also spoken in Fiji, Guyana and as a second language by Indians in many other countries. The word Hindi is borrowed from Persian into other languages.
  • adj. Of or relating to the Hindi language.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The name given by Europeans to that form of the Hindustani language which is chiefly spoken by native Hindus. In employs the Devanagari character, in which Sanskrit is written.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A modern dialect of northern India, differing from Hindustani in being a purer Aryan dialect. See Hindustani, Indian.
  • n. A native of India.

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

  • n. the most widely spoken of modern Indic vernaculars; spoken mostly in the north of India; along with English it is the official language of India; usually written in Devanagari script
  • adj. of or relating to or supporting Hinduism

Etymologies

Hindi Hindī, from Hind, India, from Persian, from Old Persian Hinduš, Sind, from Sanskrit sindhuḥ, river.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Persian هندی (hendi), from هند (hend, "India"), from Sanskrit सिन्धु (sindhu) + Persian adjectival suffix ی-. (Wiktionary)

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