Definition of Magahi in US English:



  • One of the Bihari group of languages, spoken mainly in central Bihar and West Bengal (northeastern India).

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Her research areas include pedagogical grammars of Hindi, linguistic structure of Magahi, and Magahi folklore.’
    • ‘The cover term ‘Bihari’ is used for Bhojpuri, Maithili, and Magahi.’
    • ‘The Magadhi language (also known as Magahi) is a language spoken by 11,362,000 people in India.’
    • ‘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.’


  • Relating to Magahi.

    • ‘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 ‘of Magadha’.