Definition of


  1. (noun, person) a person who adheres to Hinduism
  2. (noun, person) a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India
  3. (adj, pert) of or relating to or supporting Hinduism

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Synonyms of Hindu

hindi, hindoo, hindustani

Origin of the word Hindu

  1. 1662, from Pers. Hindu (adj. & noun) "Indian," from Hind "India," from Skt. sindhu "river," specifically the Indus; hence "region of the Indus," gradually extended across northern India. Hinduism, blanket term for "polytheism of India," is from 1829. The Hindu Kush mountain range means lit. "Indian killer," and was said to have been originally… more

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