Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Devanagari'
n : a syllabic script used in writing Sanskrit and Hindi [syn: Devanagari
script, Nagari, Nagari script]
- Devanagari \De`va*na"ga*ri\, n. [Skr. d?van[=a]gar[=i]; d?va god
+ nagara city, i. e., divine city.]
The character in which Sanskrit is written.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Devanagari'
Devanagari (pronounced /ˌdeɪvəˈnɑːɡəriː/; Hindustani: ; देवनागरी Devanāgarī — compound of "Deva" (देव) the half-human/demi-divine and "nágari" (नगर) literally "to talk", or — dialect: “A dialect of Devas”), also called Nagari (Nāgarī, the name of its parent writing system), is an abugida alphabet of India and Nepal. It is written from left to right, does not have distinct letter cases, and is recognizable (along with most other North Indic scripts, with the Gujarati script being an exception) by a horizontal line that runs along the top of full letters. Devanāgarī is the main script used to write Standard Hindi, Marathi, and Nepali. Since the 19th century, it has been the most commonly used script for Sanskrit. Devanāgarī is also employed for Bhojpuri, Gujari, Pahari (Garhwali and Kumaoni), Konkani, Magahi, Maithili, Marwari, Bhili, Newari, Santhali, Tharu, and sometimes Sindhi, Sherpa and Kashmiri. It was formerly used to write Gujarati.[See more about Devanagari at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]