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or Hindoostani, Hindostani

[hin-doo-stah-nee, -stan-ee] /ˌhɪn dʊˈstɑ ni, -ˈstæn i/
a standard language and lingua franca of northern India based on a dialect of Western Hindi spoken around Delhi.
Abbreviation: Hind.
Compare Hindi (def 2), Urdu.
of or relating to Hindustan, its people, or their languages.
Origin of Hindustani
1610-20; < Hindi, Urdu < Persian, equivalent to Hindūstān region of the Indus, Sind (Hindū Hindu + stān country) + suffix of appurtenance Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for Hindustani
Historical Examples
  • “Lie flat on the deck,” he shouted in English, and repeated the words in Hindustani.

    The Red Year Louis Tracy
  • The major appeared, speaking Hindustani very rapidly, his eyes closed.

    In Mesopotamia Martin Swayne
  • Then came your swatting at Hindustani, the remarks made about it, and the fight.

    Jones of the 64th F. S. (Frederick Sadleir) Brereton
  • They heard him chattering to Lalkhan in Hindustani as they went along the passage.

    Jan and Her Job L. Allen Harker
  • I asked, then, if some wooden stethoscopes might be made for the Hindustani assistants, as neither of them possessed one.

    At the Court of the Amr John Alfred Gray
  • The former could speak English and Portuguese; the latter neither, only Hindustani.

    Southern Arabia Theodore Bent
  • Which is worse even than the Hindustani alphabet with no vowels and four z's—so unnecessary, isn't it, as my Aunts would say.

    Letters from Mesopotamia Robert Palmer
  • “He had better not,” I said sharply, in Hindustani, as if for the fakir to hear.

    Gil the Gunner George Manville Fenn
  • She had a special gift for languages and had remembered enough Hindustani to make herself understood by him.

    Sara Crewe Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • One day she prepared for the crowd of us a tiffin of delicious Hindustani food.

    The Khaki Kook Book Mary Kennedy Core
British Dictionary definitions for Hindustani


the dialect of Hindi spoken in Delhi: used as a lingua franca throughout India
a group of languages or dialects consisting of all spoken forms of Hindi and Urdu considered together
of or relating to these languages or Hindustan
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