Hindustani

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Hindustani of or relating to or characteristic of Hindustan or its people or language
    • n Hindustani a form of Hindi spoken around Delhi
    • n Hindustani a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Hindustani Of or pertaining to the Hindoos or their language.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Hindustani Of or pertaining to the language called Hindustani: as, a Hindustani word. See II.
    • n Hindustani One of the languages of Hindustan, a form of Hindi which grew up in the camps of the Mohammedan conquerors of India, since the eleventh century, as a medium of communication between them and the subject population of central Hindustan. It is more corrnpted in form than Hindi, and abounds with Persian and Arabic words. It is the official language and means of general intercourse throughout nearly the whole peninsula. Also called Urdu. [In the etymologies of this dictionary Hindustani words are preceded by the abbreviation “Hind.,” Hindi words by that name unabbreviated. As a rule Hindustani words not of Persian or Arabic origin are of the Hindi stock.]
    • n Hindustani Also spelled Hindoostance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Hindustani hin-dōō-stan′ē a dialect of Hindi, also called Urdū, the chief official and commercial language of India
    • Hindustani Also adj.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Hind. Hindūstānī, an Indian, fr. Hind. and Per. Hindūstān, India

Usage

In literature:

The man put the question in Hindustani.
"On the Irrawaddy" by G. A. Henty
As the defiant cry ceased, Singh stepped forward in advance of his companion, and shouted a few words in Hindustani.
"Glyn Severn's Schooldays" by George Manville Fenn
The former could speak English and Portuguese; the latter neither, only Hindustani.
"Southern Arabia" by Theodore Bent
Nicholson, however, speaking in Hindustani, said, 'There is no possible excuse for such an act of gross impertinence.
"John Nicholson" by R. E. Cholmeley
In Betul for instance Hindustani Brahmans do not accept water from the rural Barhais.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India" by R. V. Russell
As I said I could not write Tibetan or Hindustani, they requested me to do it in English.
"In the Forbidden Land" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
Before he was twenty-five he knew Hebrew, Chaldee, Syriac, Samaritan, Persian, and Hindustani.
"A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)" by Augustus De Morgan
However, the Bulrampore men echoed Quin's advice in eagerly expressed Hindustani.
"The Eagle Cliff" by R.M. Ballantyne
Rules and regulations for impossibly good conduct hang on the walls in Hindustani, Japanese, Swahili, Urdu, and Malayan.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke
I remember a little Hindustani.
"Sara Crewe" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
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In news:

The ' Hindustani ' Piano Concerto.
Orphan Sally Lockhart (Billie Piper, Mansfield Park), schooled by her late father in shooting, bookkeeping and Hindustani, is putting all her spunk and savvy to use inquiring into her father's mysterious death.
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