Definition of Hindi in English:

Hindi

noun

mass noun
  • An Indic language of northern India, derived from Sanskrit and written in the Devanagari script. It is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world, with more than 250 million people speaking it as their first language.

    • ‘Though Hindi is the official language in almost all of India's states, many people do not speak or understand it.’
    • ‘She does not realise that in India Urdu is called Hindi, and Urdu and Hindi are the same language.’
    • ‘It is home to people of different national origins whose first languages include Somali, Hindi, Urdu and Bengali.’
    • ‘Urdu and Hindi are two sister languages and they should be brought together, he added.’
    • ‘The spoken form of Urdu is the same as that of Hindi but it is written in a different script than Hindi.’
    • ‘Urdu was chosen as it is the main language of Pakistan and it is also very similar to Hindi, the main language of India.’
    • ‘Malayalam, English and Hindi were the three languages in which children were allowed to write.’
    • ‘Telugu was spoken by more people than any other Indian language besides Hindi.’
    • ‘Fijian and Hindi often are spoken at home and are used in religious contexts and on radio and television.’
    • ‘The party promised to introduce Hindi in all the official work and Urdu to be linked with the livelihood of the people.’
    • ‘In any case because we all speak Hindi here, the situation is different to that of Guyana.’
    • ‘It might have been a blessing in disguise that I haven't been able to speak or read Hindi!’
    • ‘An inability to speak Hindi has not, however, deterred the growing numbers of audiences attracted to Bollywood.’
    • ‘It was conducted in Hindi, a language neither the interviewer nor the interviewee was familiar with.’
    • ‘She must have realised that her mother also might misspell a VIP's name if asked to write in Hindi.’
    • ‘Some of the staff in the grand Thai monastery have been living there for nearly a decade and speak Hindi.’
    • ‘He says that he would like to chat with Lata Mangeshkar even though he can't speak Hindi.’
    • ‘The only solution for this, according to him, is to have Hindi as a link language.’
    • ‘Now, Urdu and Hindi may no longer be the only languages you hear them in.’
    • ‘They even went to the extent of declaring that Punjabi is not a language but a dialect of Hindi.’

adjective

  • Relating to Hindi.

    • ‘I phonetically learn lyrics of Hindi songs and I am an avid admirer of Shahrukh Khan's eyebrows.’
    • ‘Like me, Umerbhai liked old Hindi films, particularly their melodious music.’
    • ‘He wants to tickle the funny bone of the audience with either his histrionics or by mimicking the legends of Hindi cinema.’
    • ‘Her future projects include a Hindi thriller by Raman Kumar, with the actress playing one of the three leads.’
    • ‘The channel thrives on a mixture of Hindi film, serials, musical countdowns, and quiz contests.’
    • ‘A rather messy memory was when I was slapped on the hand by a Hindi teacher, and the pencil point pierced into my palm.’
    • ‘I feel a Hindi film definitely has a good chance of fairing well abroad.’
    • ‘For heaven's sake, this is a five-year-old and not a mother-in-law from the Hindi soaps.’
    • ‘This is not to say that from now on Hindi cinema will rule in London.’
    • ‘Gazala also danced to a sizzling number from Student No.1 and a Hindi remix medley.’
    • ‘It was an interesting project and that was the first Hindi film I signed.’
    • ‘For the future, Aura is looking at entering the Hindi film music segment.’
    • ‘Reversing the cross-over trend, this is a Hindi film that will be dubbed into English and exported.’
    • ‘Since I am part of Bollywood and compose music for Hindi films, I have made it a point to give a feel of our music in the movie.’
    • ‘A Hindi play running full house in Chennai will provide a necessary boost to the image of theatre, they said.’
    • ‘Two other dance programmes, a traditional temple type and a Hindi folk, drew cheers from the audience.’
    • ‘Having learnt Western music at an early age, you would except this London bred lad to be slightly low on Hindi music.’
    • ‘Providing a much-needed platform for Hindi theatre was an obsession for her.’
    • ‘As for the Hindi newspapers, except for something on page two of the Navbharat Times, it got nary a mention.’
    • ‘It is not one or even two channels ruling the roost when it comes to Hindi TV viewers.’

Origin

From Urdu hindī, from Hind ‘India’.

Pronunciation

Hindi

/ˈhɪndi/