One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A group of mutually intelligible languages and dialects spoken in north-western India, principally Hindi and Urdu.
- ‘To a mammoth crowd he spoke in Hindustani about the Government's determination to abolish both untouchability and landlordism.’
- ‘East Lynne was repeatedly dramatized and filmed, and translated into many languages, from Welsh to Hindustani.’
- ‘In an early scene, Hari is snobbish with Ronald when he is addressed in Hindustani (he can speak only English).’
- ‘This is partly because of the spoken Hindustani being Sanskritised.’
- ‘I was stationed near Chittagong during the war, and speak a little Hindustani.’
- ‘The Muslims kept the words, and Hindustani came to be called Urdu.’
- ‘When I was growing up, the only language I ever heard was either Urdu or Hindustani.’
- ‘Even though Dr. Joshi knows chaste Hindi, he spoke in Hindustani peppered heavily with Urdu words.’
- ‘When he began speaking in Hindustani, the Chairman reminded him that many members did not know the language.’
- ‘Urdu and Hindi are the same language, khari boli or Hindustani, written in two alphabets.’
- ‘French, Spanish, and English patios are also common, as well as Hindustani, a dialect of Phojpuri Hindi.’
- ‘They speak, Urdu or Hindustani regardless of the local languages of an Indian State in which they happen to live and thrive.’
- ‘She laughs and says, ‘I've told you so many times not to talk to me in Hindustani.’’
- ‘The overwhelming majority of Indo-Fijians speak Fiji Hindustani, or Fiji Hindi.’
- ‘Therefore, no credit at all except for some vocabulary is given to Turkish languages in the history of development of Urdu, Hindi or Hindustani.’
- ‘It is a pleasant amalgam of Persian, Arabic, Marathi, and Hindustani with Konkani as its base.’
- ‘English is the official language in Fiji, though Fijian and Hindustani are also spoken.’
- 1.1 The Delhi dialect of Hindi, widely used throughout India as a lingua franca.
1Relating to Hindustani.
- 1.1 Relating to the culture of north-western India.‘Hindustani classical music’
- ‘In North America, between 250 to 300 well-organized concerts of Carnatic and Hindustani music are presented each year by over 100 local organizers.’
- ‘Moaning is a key part of the Hindustani zeitgeist.’
- ‘The fusion of Indian melody of the Hindustani variety (as opposed to the Carnatic) and steady-paced jazz-rock beats is uplifitng.’
- ‘When the emphasis is on patrons and court culture, a limited reading of Hindustani music is inevitable.’
- ‘And of course, be prepared to make that transition from pop, rock, and blues (blaring out of your car stereo) to the Hindustani stuff.’
- ‘It is open to all practitioners of music including Carnatic, Hindustani, Western, Light-Classical and Devotional.’
- ‘How is Carnatic music different from Hindustani?’
- ‘A great admirer of Lata Mangeshkar, Shalini is passionate about Carnatic and Hindustani music besides Western classical.’
- ‘They can learn Carnatic or Hindustani vocal as well.’
- ‘The Gandharv channel promotes Hindustani music, reflecting the current musical scenario and upcoming artists, besides the veterans.’
- ‘The book's closing story, for example, is about Mohanji, a gentle and gifted singer trained in classical Hindustani music.’
- ‘Ananya is an organisation that has been involved in promoting Hindustani and Carnatic music through its various activities.’
- ‘I play Dhrupad, a kind of classical Hindustani music, on this rudraveena.’
- ‘The Hindustani POWs in Turkey were coaxed to join this army.’
- ‘And on the 25th year of its existence, the Academy also plans to honour some living legends of Hindustani music.’
- ‘‘You are so responsive an audience…’ exclaimed M.S. Gopalakrishnan, who regaled the crowd with his Hindustani violin.’
- ‘The ‘ragas’ and ‘raginis’ of Hindustani music were treated as lovers and beloveds of the medieval times.’
- 1.1 Relating to the culture of north-western India.
Hindustani was the usual term in the 18th and 19th centuries for the native language of north-western India. The usual modern term is Hindi (or Urdu in Muslim contexts), although Hindustani is still used to refer to the dialect of Hindi spoken around Delhi
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