Main definitions of Magadhi in US English:

: Magadhi1Magadhi2



  • 1An Indic language spoken in the northeastern 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.’
    • ‘Her research areas include pedagogical grammars of Hindi, linguistic structure of Magahi, and Magahi folklore.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The cover term ‘Bihari’ is used for Bhojpuri, Maithili, and Magahi.’
    • ‘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.’
  • 2An ancient dialect of Prakrit formerly spoken in what is now the Bihar area.

Main definitions of Magadhi in US English:

: Magadhi1Magadhi2


(also Magad'hi)


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


  • Relating to Magadhi.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’


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