Hindu

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noun

Hin·​du ˈhin-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce Hindu (audio)
variants or less commonly Hindoo
1
: an adherent of Hinduism
2
: a native or inhabitant of India

Hindu

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adjective

variants or less commonly Hindoo
: of, relating to, or characteristic of the Hindus or Hinduism

Examples of Hindu in a Sentence

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Noun
Implicit censorship When a film veers from these formulas, Hindu hard-liners have quickly mobilized in protest. Sushmita Pathak, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Apr. 2024 In Hindu mythology, a serpent god, Rahu Ketu, wanted to eat the sun — but then his head was cut off. Bill Chappell, NPR, 8 Apr. 2024 At the Hindu Temple in Canton, there will be evening prayers in response to the eclipse. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 8 Apr. 2024 Khanna, who is Hindu, came up with the idea with Rizvi’s mother, Suraiya. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Apr. 2024 Ram Dass often bestowed a Hindu name on people: Lakshman, Govinda, Hari, Devi. Christopher Fiorello, The New Yorker, 6 Apr. 2024 According to other Hindu legends, all nine planets of Vedic astrology are said to live in the belly of the god Ganesha or in the tail of the god Hanuman. Harmeet Kaur, CNN, 5 Apr. 2024 Notably, the central Hindu epic about Lord Ram, the Ramayana—a common influence in Indian storytelling—features Hanuman in a pivotal role, as Ram’s loyal devotee. Siddhant Adlakha, TIME, 5 Apr. 2024 One of the photos showed herself and Jonas, 31, taking Malti to Ram Mandir — a Hindu temple complex in Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India. Jordan Greene, Peoplemag, 26 Mar. 2024
Adjective
These policies have galvanized the 80% of India’s population that is Hindu, while simultaneously alienating 14% of the country that is Muslim. Astha Rajvanshi, TIME, 12 Apr. 2024 And in 2021, makers of a political drama series streaming on Amazon apologized for scenes that allegedly disrespected Hindu gods and the office of the prime minister, and made changes to their show. Sushmita Pathak, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 Apr. 2024 The setting is Mumbai, and the Hindu myth of the monkey-god Hanuman provides the film with both its title and its heavy-handed central metaphor. Ty Burr, Washington Post, 4 Apr. 2024 The festival has Hindu roots, but everyone is fair game to get messy, and growing numbers worldwide are taking part in the iconic display of Indian culture. March 22, 2024, 12:01 a.m. Hari Kumar, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2024 Bloomberg News India will hold general elections over six weeks from April 19, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi bidding for a third term in office buoyed by a strong economy and his party’s Hindu nationalist policies. Tribune News Service, The Mercury News, 19 Mar. 2024 The government’s action, coming just before India announces the dates for an election expected in April and May, shows Mr. Modi delivering on a promise, and could change the electoral math in districts with Hindu refugees who stand to benefit from the law. Sameer Yasir, New York Times, 12 Mar. 2024 Upon their release, the convicts had been garlanded with flowers by well-wishers and praised by a BJP lawmaker as good Brahmins, the highest Hindu caste. Anant Gupta, Washington Post, 4 Mar. 2024 On Friday, there was an interfaith prayer breakfast at Nazarene Baptist Church that featured two members of Congress who are Hindu, U.S. Rep. Shri Thanedar, D-Detroit, and U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-California, and Baptist pastors, including Pastor Kevin Harris of Nazarene. Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press, 26 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Persian Hindū inhabitant of India, from Hind India

First Known Use

Noun

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1698, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hindu was in 1625

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Cite this Entry

“Hindu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hindu. Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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Hindu

noun
Hin·​du
ˈhin-(ˌ)dü
1
: a follower of Hinduism
2
: a person born or living in India
Hindu adjective
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