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or Hindoostani

[hin-doo-stah-nee, -stan-ee] /ˌhɪn dʊˈstɑ ni, -ˈstæn i/
a standard language and lingua franca of northern India based on a dialect of Western Hindi spoken around Delhi.
Abbreviation: Hind.
Compare Hindi (def 2), Urdu.
of or relating to Hindustan, its people, or their languages.
Also, Hindostani [hin-doh-stah-nee, -stan-ee] /ˌhɪn doʊˈstɑ ni, -ˈstæn i/ (Show IPA).
Origin of Hindustani
1610-20; < Hindi, Urdu < Persian, equivalent to Hindūstān region of the Indus, Sind (Hindū Hindu + stān country) + suffix of appurtenance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Hindustani
Historical Examples
  • He heard them say in Hindustani: "Here is another of the regiments of shopkeepers."

  • They heard him chattering to Lalkhan in Hindustani as they went along the passage.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • Tony understood Hindustani as well as and better than English.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • The major appeared, speaking Hindustani very rapidly, his eyes closed.

    In Mesopotamia Martin Swayne
  • The former could speak English and Portuguese; the latter neither, only Hindustani.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • “He had better not,” I said sharply, in Hindustani, as if for the fakir to hear.

    Gil the Gunner George Manville Fenn
  • And did he say something to you about Hindustani and Sanskrit?

    Glyn Severn's Schooldays George Manville Fenn
  • One day she prepared for the crowd of us a tiffin of delicious Hindustani food.

    The Khaki Kook Book Mary Kennedy Core
  • Kalam (found in Hindustani also) is derived from the Arabic.

    A Manual of the Malay language William Edward Maxwell
  • The Hindustani term is sukhan-takya, from sukhan, a word, and takya a pillow.

    A Manual of the Malay language William Edward Maxwell
British Dictionary definitions for Hindustani


the dialect of Hindi spoken in Delhi: used as a lingua franca throughout India
a group of languages or dialects consisting of all spoken forms of Hindi and Urdu considered together
of or relating to these languages or Hindustan
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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