Definition of Hindustani in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhindo͞oˈstänē/


1A group of Indic dialects spoken in northwestern India, principally Hindi and Urdu.
Example sentences
  • They speak, Urdu or Hindustani regardless of the local languages of an Indian State in which they happen to live and thrive.
  • Even though Dr. Joshi knows chaste Hindi, he spoke in Hindustani peppered heavily with Urdu words.
  • Therefore, no credit at all except for some vocabulary is given to Turkish languages in the history of development of Urdu, Hindi or Hindustani.
1.1The Delhi dialect of Hindi, widely used throughout India as a lingua franca.


Relating to the culture of northwestern India: Hindustani classical music
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  • When the emphasis is on patrons and court culture, a limited reading of Hindustani music is inevitable.
  • A great admirer of Lata Mangeshkar, Shalini is passionate about Carnatic and Hindustani music besides Western classical.
  • The book's closing story, for example, is about Mohanji, a gentle and gifted singer trained in classical Hindustani music.


Hindustani was the usual term in the 18th and 19th centuries for the native language of northwestern India. The usual modern term is Hindi (or Urdu in Muslim contexts), although Hindustani is still used to refer to the dialect of Hindi spoken around Delhi.

Words that rhyme with Hindustani

Afghani, ani, Armani, Azerbaijani, Barney, biriani, blarney, Carney, frangipani, Fulani, Galvani, Giovanni, Killarney, maharani, Mbabane, Modigliani, Omani, Pakistani, Rafsanjani, Rajasthani, rani, sarnie

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Syllabification: Hin·du·sta·ni

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