[ del-ee ]
/ ˈdɛl i /


a union territory in N India. 574 sq. mi. (1487 sq. km).
Also called Old Delhi. a city in and the capital of this territory: former capital of the old Mogul Empire; administrative headquarters of British India 1912–29.

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British Dictionary definitions for delhi


/ (ˈdɛlɪ) /


the capital of India, in the N central part, on the Jumna river: consists of Old Delhi (a walled city reconstructed in 1639 on the site of former cities of Delhi, which date from the 15th century bc) and New Delhi to the south, chosen as the capital in 1912, replacing Kolkata (then called Calcutta); university (1922). Pop: 9 817 439 (2001)
an administrative division (National Capital Territory) of N India, formerly a Union Territory. Capital: Delhi. Area: 1483 sq km (572 sq miles). Pop: 13 782 976 (2001)
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Word Origin and History for delhi


city in India, of unknown origin, perhaps connected to Hindi dehli "threshold," with reference to the watershed boundary between the Ganges and Indus, which is nearby.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for delhi


[ (del-ee) ]

City in north-central India. New Delhi, the nation's capital, is a division of the city.

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