Main definitions of Magadhi in English

: Magadhi1Magadhi2

Magadhi1

(also Magahi)

noun

mass noun
  • 1An Indic language spoken in the north-eastern Indian states of Bihar, Jharkhand, and West Bengal, one of the Bihari group of languages.

    • ‘The Magadhi language (also known as Magahi) is a language spoken by 11,362,000 people in India.’
    • ‘The cover term ‘Bihari’ is used for Bhojpuri, Maithili, and Magahi.’
    • ‘The ancestor of Magahi, from which its name derives, Magadhi Prakrit, is believed to be the language spoken by the Buddha, and the language of the ancient kingdom of Magadha.’
    • ‘Some of these (e.g., on Assamese, Oriya, Maithili, Magahi, Bhojpuri, Sindhi, Konkani, and Kashmiri) are especially valuable because, until recently at least, comprehensive modern descriptions of these languages have not been available.’
    • ‘Her research areas include pedagogical grammars of Hindi, linguistic structure of Magahi, and Magahi folklore.’
  • 2An ancient dialect of Prakrit formerly spoken in what is now the Bihar area.

Main definitions of Magadhi in English

: Magadhi1Magadhi2

Magadhi2

(also Magad'hi)

noun

mass noun
  • A dialect of Prakrit, anciently spoken in an area corresponding with part of the modern state of Bihar.

adjective

  • Relating to Magadhi.

    • ‘Enter the email address and name of a friend or colleague in the following form to send them a copy of the Magahi version of Universal Declaration of Human Rights.’
    • ‘The people of this region primarily speak Bhojpuri (spoken by more than 200 million worldwide including more than 10 countries spanning 4 continents), though there are also sizeable Magahi speakers.’

Origin

From Hindi Magadhī, from Magadha ‘South Bihar’<br>early 19th century; earliest use found in Asiatick Researches. From Sanskrit Māgadhī from Magadha South Bihar.

Pronunciation

Magadhi

/ˈmɑːɡədi/