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1A member of a people of the Mewat region in north-western India (now called Alwar, and part of Rajasthan) and neighbouring areas (frequently: specifically one who professes Islam); a Meo.
2The language (a dialect of Rajasthani) spoken by the Mewati.
Of or relating to the Mewati or their dialect.
Late 18th century; earliest use found in James Rennell (1742–1830), cartographer. From Hindi mevātī from Mevāt, the name of a region in Rajasthan + -ī.
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