Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Hindi'
adj : of or relating to or supporting Hinduism; "the Hindu faith"
[syn: Hindu, Hindoo]
n : the most widely spoken of modern Indic vernaculars; spoken
mostly in the north of India; along with English it is
the official language of India; usually written in
- Hindi \Hin"di\, n. [Prop. a Per. adj. meaning, Indian, Hindoo.]
The name given by Europeans to that form of the Hindustani
language which is chiefly spoken by native Hindoos. In
employs the Devanagari character, in which Sanskrit is
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Hindi'
Hindi is the most commonly spoken language in India. It is the fifth most spoken language in the world with about 182 million native speakers in 1998. The script used in writing Hindi is Devanāgarī.
Hindi is widely written, spoken and understood in north India and most other places in India. In 1997, a survey found that 66% of Indians can speak Hindi. The most common form of Hindi is known as Hindustani. It has taken words from the Dravidian languages of South India, many words from the Persian, Arabic, Turkish, English, and Portuguese languages. Hindustani language is almost the same as Urdu, the most commonly spoken language in Pakistan; the difference is that Urdu is written in the Arabic alphabet from right to left.
Some other dialects of Hindi are: Avadhi, Braj, Bhojpuri, Bundeli, Bagheli, Chhattisgarhi, Dogri and Marwari. Hindi has developed from Sanskrit, the ancient language of India. Hindi started to develop in the 7th century as "Apabhramsha", but became pretty stable by the 10th century. Some famous Hindi poets are Tulsidas and Kabir. Hindi is also spoken with regional accents like Haryanvi, Rajasthani, and Bengali. In the past few years a new Hindi language (with unwritten grammar) has emerged from Mumbai. It is being spread by Hindi films.It is becoming very popular with younger generation.[See more about Hindi at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]