[hin-duh s]


or Hin·doo

  1. a person, especially of northern India, who adheres to Hinduism.
  1. of or relating to Hindus or Hinduism.

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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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
  1. relating to Hinduism, Hindus, or India

Word Origin for Hindu

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


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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