Hindu

or Hin·doo

[ hin-doo ]

noun
  1. a person, especially of northern India, who adheres to Hinduism.

adjective
  1. of or relating to Hindus or Hinduism.

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Origin of Hindu

1
1655–65; <Persian Hindū Indian (adj., noun), equivalent to Hind (see Hindi) + adj. suffix

Other words from Hindu

  • an·ti-Hin·du, adjective, noun
  • non-Hin·du, noun, adjective
  • pro-Hin·du, adjective, noun
  • pseu·do-Hin·du, adjective, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for Hindu

Hindu

Hindoo

/ (ˈhɪnduː, hɪnˈduː) /


nounplural -dus or -doos
  1. a person who adheres to Hinduism

  2. an inhabitant or native of Hindustan or India, esp one adhering to Hinduism

adjective
  1. relating to Hinduism, Hindus, or India

Origin of Hindu

1
C17: from Persian Hindū, from Hind India; see Hindi

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