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Hindustani

or Hin·doo·sta·ni

[ hin-doo-stah-nee, -stan-ee ]
/ ˌhɪn dʊˈstɑ ni, -ˈstæn i /
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noun

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.

adjective

of or relating to Hindustan, its people, or their languages.

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Also Hin·do·sta·ni [hin-doh-stah-nee, -stan-ee] /ˌhɪn doʊˈstɑ ni, -ˈstæn i/ .

Origin of Hindustani

1610–20; <Hindi, Urdu <Persian, equivalent to Hindūstān region of the Indus, Sind (HindūHindu + stān country) + suffix of appurtenance
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British Dictionary definitions for Hindustani

Hindustani

Hindoostani Hindostani (ˌhɪndəʊˈstɑːnɪ)

/ (ˌhɪndʊˈstɑːnɪ) /

noun

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

adjective

of or relating to these languages or Hindustan
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