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  1. an alphabetical script with some syllabic features derived from Brahmi, used for the writing of Hindi and many other languages of India including Sanskrit.
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Origin of Devanagari

First recorded in 1775–85, Devanagari is from the Sanskrit word devanāgarī
Also called Nagari.
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Historical Examples of devanagari

  • Adherents to Buddhism; alphabet derived from the Devanagari.

    The Natural History of the Varieties of Man

    Robert Gordon Latham

  • Its alphabetical script is Devanagari, literally "divine abode."

    Autobiography of a YOGI

    Paramhansa Yogananda

British Dictionary definitions for devanagari


  1. a syllabic script in which Sanskrit, Hindi, and other modern languages of India are written
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Word Origin for Devanagari

C18: from Sanskrit: alphabet of the gods, from deva god + nagari an Indian alphabet
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