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Hindu

[hin-doo] /ˈhɪn du/
noun
1.
a person, especially of northern India, who adheres to Hinduism.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to Hindus or Hinduism.
Also, Hindoo.
Origin
1655-1665
1655-65; < Persian Hindū Indian (adj., noun), equivalent to Hind (see Hindi) + adj. suffix
Related forms
non-Hindu, noun, adjective
pro-Hindu, adjective
pseudo-Hindu, adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for Hindu

Hindu

/ˈhɪnduː; hɪnˈduː/
noun (pl) -dus, -doos
1.
a person who adheres to Hinduism
2.
an inhabitant or native of Hindustan or India, esp one adhering to Hinduism
adjective
3.
relating to Hinduism, Hindus, or India
Word Origin
C17: from Persian Hindū, from Hind India; see Hindi
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Word Origin and History for 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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