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Hin•di  (hindē), 
  1. Language Varietiesthe most widely spoken of the modern Indic vernaculars, esp. its best-known variety, Western Hindi.
  2. Language Varietiesa literary language derived from Hindustani, used by Hindus.
  • Persian Hinduī
  • Hindi, Urdu, equivalent. to Persian Hind, Hindu (compare Sanskrit Sindhu the river Indus; sense extended to "region of the Indus, Sind'') + suffix of appurtenance; replacing Hinduee
  • 1790–1800

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Hindi /ˈhɪndɪ/ n
  1. a language or group of dialects of N central India. It belongs to the Indic branch of the Indo-European family and is closely related to Urdu
    See also Hindustani
  2. a formal literary dialect of this language, the official language of India, usually written in Nagari script
  3. a person whose native language is Hindi
Etymology: 18th Century: from Hindi hindī, from Hind India, from Old Persian Hindu the river Indus

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