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Hindu

or Hin·doo

[hin-doo]
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noun
  1. a person, especially of northern India, who adheres to Hinduism.
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Hindus or Hinduism.
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Origin of Hindu

1655–65; < Persian Hindū Indian (adj., noun), equivalent to Hind (see Hindi) + adj. suffix
Related formsnon-Hin·du, noun, adjectivepro-Hin·du, adjectivepseu·do-Hin·du, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for hindu

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  • I hired here, at a good price, a Hindu cabriolet, from a Kachmyrian.

  • This town, a little ancient Hindu town, is two hours journey from Dohnavur.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • But everywhere all over India it is, to every orthodox Hindu, part of his very self.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • December 16, 1903, was spent by three of us in a rest-house on the outskirts of a Hindu town.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael

  • A Hindu in a town in the northern part of our district lay dying.

    Lotus Buds

    Amy Carmichael


British Dictionary definitions for hindu

Hindu

Hindoo

noun plural -dus or -doos
  1. a person who adheres to Hinduism
  2. an inhabitant or native of Hindustan or India, esp one adhering to Hinduism
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adjective
  1. relating to Hinduism, Hindus, or India
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Word Origin

C17: from Persian Hindū, from Hind India; see Hindi
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Word Origin and History for hindu

Hindu

1660s, from Persian Hindu (adjective and noun) "Indian," from Hind "India," from Sanskrit sindhu "river," specifically the Indus; hence "region of the Indus," gradually extended across northern India. The Hindu Kush mountain range is said to mean literally "Indian killer," and was said to have been the name given by the Persians to a pass where their Indian slaves had perished in winter, but this is likely folk etymology.

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