Definition of Hindi in US English:

Hindi

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.

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

adjective

  • Relating to Hindi.

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

Origin

From Urdu hindī, from Hind ‘India’.

Pronunciation

Hindi

/ˈhɪndi//ˈhindē/