De·​va·​na·​ga·​ri ˌdā-və-ˈnä-gə-rē How to pronounce Devanagari (audio)
: an alphabet usually employed for Sanskrit and also used as a literary hand for various modern languages of India see Alphabet Table

Examples of Devanagari in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Whereas Hindi is written in the Devanagari script, which has strong cultural associations with Hinduism, Urdu is written in the Perso-Arabic script, which has strong associations with Islam. Phillip M. Carter, Fortune, 27 Sep. 2023

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Word History


Sanskrit devanāgarī, from deva divine + nāgarī (writing) of the city — more at deity

First Known Use

1781, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Devanagari was in 1781

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“Devanagari.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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