a standard language and lingua franca of northern India based on a dialect of Western Hindi spoken around Delhi. Abbreviation: HindCompare Hindi(def 2), Urdu.
of or relating to Hindustan, its people, or their languages.
Also Hin·do·sta·ni [hin-doh-stah-nee, -stan-ee] /ˌhɪn doʊˈstɑ ni, -ˈstæn i/.
Origin of Hindustani
< Hindi, Urdu
equivalent to Hindūstān
region of the Indus, Sind
country) + -ī
suffix of appurtenance
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Examples from the Web for hindustani
Historical Examples of hindustani
He heard them say in Hindustani: "Here is another of the regiments of shopkeepers."
They heard him chattering to Lalkhan in Hindustani as they went along the passage.
Tony understood Hindustani as well as and better than English.
The major appeared, speaking Hindustani very rapidly, his eyes closed.
The former could speak English and Portuguese; the latter neither, only Hindustani.
British Dictionary definitions for hindustani
Hindoostani Hindostani (ˌhɪndəʊˈstɑːnɪ)
the dialect of Hindi spoken in Delhi: used as a lingua franca throughout India
a group of languages or dialects consisting of all spoken forms of Hindi and Urdu considered together
of or relating to these languages or Hindustan
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