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or Hin·doo

  1. a person, especially of northern India, who adheres to Hinduism.
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  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 pro-hindu

Historical Examples

  • I find a recent pro-Hindu writer making virtually the same selection.

    New Ideas in India During the Nineteenth Century

    John Morrison

  • The perception of manifoldness is Maya or illusion, says a modern pro-Hindu writer.

British Dictionary definitions for pro-hindu



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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  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 pro-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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