1. the most widely spoken of the modern Indic vernaculars, especially its best-known variety, Western Hindi.
  2. a literary language derived from Hindustani, used by Hindus.

Origin of Hindi

1790–1800; < 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 < Persian Hinduī
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  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 UrduSee 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

Word Origin for Hindi

C18: from Hindi hindī, from Hind India, from Old Persian Hindu the river Indus
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Word Origin and History for hindi


1825 as an adjective; 1880 as a language name, from Hind "India" (see Hindu) + -i, suffix expressing relationship.

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