Hindu

Hindu

[hin-doo]
noun
1.
a person, especially of northern India, who adheres to Hinduism.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to Hindus or Hinduism.
Also, Hindoo.


Origin:
1655–65; < Persian Hindū Indian (adj., noun), equivalent to Hind (see Hindi) + adj. suffix

non-Hindu, noun, adjective
pro-Hindu, adjective
pseudo-Hindu, adjective, noun
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Hindu or Hindoo (ˈhɪnduː, hɪnˈduː, ˈhɪnduː, hɪnˈduː)
 
n , pl -dus, -doos
1.  a person who adheres to Hinduism
2.  an inhabitant or native of Hindustan or India, esp one adhering to Hinduism
 
adj
3.  relating to Hinduism, Hindus, or India
 
[C17: from Persian Hindū, from Hind India; see Hindi]
 
Hindoo or Hindoo
 
n
 
adj
 
[C17: from Persian Hindū, from Hind India; see Hindi]

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Hindu
1662, from Pers. Hindu (adj. & noun) "Indian," from Hind "India," from Skt. sindhu "river," specifically the Indus; hence "region of the Indus," gradually extended across northern India. Hinduism, blanket term for "polytheism of India," is from 1829. The Hindu Kush mountain range means lit. "Indian killer,"
and was said to have been originally the name given by the Persians to a pass where their Indian slaves had perished in winter.
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