Definition of Indo-Aryan in US English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting an Indo-European people who invaded northwestern India in the 2nd millennium BC.

    See Aryan
    • ‘A group called Dom belonged to the aboriginal peoples of India but had adopted the Hindu religion and an Indo-Aryan language derived from Sanskrit.’
    • ‘The argument is centered on the analysis of the Indo-Aryan myth of a golden age, as recounted in Europe and India from the Enlightenment to the present.’
    • ‘This also explains the similarities between Indo-Aryan and Dravidian languages or Persian, Turkish and Hindustani.’
    • ‘This one is the oldest of the collections of Indo-Aryan mantras and hymns, dating from about 2000-1700 BCE.’
    • ‘In South Asia, Dravidian and Indo-Aryan languages are spoken.’
  • 2Relating to or denoting the group of Indo-European languages comprising Sanskrit and the modern Indian languages that are its descendants.

    Also called Indic