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[oo r-doo, ur-; oo r-doo, ur-] /ˈʊər du, ˈɜr-; ʊərˈdu, ɜr-/
one of the official languages of Pakistan, a language derived from Hindustani, used by Muslims, and written with Persian-Arabic letters.
Origin of Urdu
< Urdu, Hindi urdū, extracted from Persian zabān i urdū literally, language of the camp (ultimately < Turkic; see horde) Unabridged
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  • He had spoken once or twice in Urdu to the mullah and had received no answer.

  • As they spoke no English, we were obliged to converse with them in Urdu.

    Life in an Indian Outpost Gordon Casserly
  • He knew it was near the end when he had difficulty in finding the necessary words in Urdu.

    The Red Year Louis Tracy
  • The lama fell back on Urdu, remembering that he was in a strange land.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • Then to the mahout she continued in Urdu, "Gul Dad, are you hurt?"

    The Jungle Girl

    Gordon Casserly
British Dictionary definitions for Urdu


/ˈʊəduː; ˈɜː-/
an official language of Pakistan, also spoken in India. The script derives primarily from Persia. It belongs to the Indic branch of the Indo-European family of languages, being closely related to Hindi but containing many Arabic and Persian loan words
Word Origin
C18: from Hindustani (zabāni) urdū (language of the) camp, from Persian urdū camp, from Turkish ordū
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Word Origin and History for Urdu

official language of Pakistan, 1796, from Hindustani urdu "camp," from Turkish ordu (source of horde); short for zaban-i-urdu "language of the camp." Compare Dzongkha, a variant of Tibetan and the official language of Bhutan, literally "the language of the fortress."

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