Definition of India in English:


proper noun

  • 1A country in southern Asia that occupies the greater part of the Indian subcontinent; population 1,156,897,800 (est. 2009); capital, New Delhi; official languages, Hindi and English (14 other languages are recognized as official in certain regions; of these, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Urdu have the most first-language speakers)

    Hindi name Bharat
    1. 1.1A code word representing the letter I, used in radio communication.
      • ‘‘Golf India Foxtrot pass your message.’’


Via Latin from Greek India, from Indos, the name of the Indus River, from Persian Hind, from Sanskrit sindhu river specifically the Indus also the region around the Indus (compare with Sindhi). Both the Greeks and the Persians extended the name to include all the country east of the Indus. Compare with Hindi and Hindu.