Hindu

noun
Hin·​du | \ ˈhin-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce Hindu (audio) \
variants: or less commonly Hindoo

Definition of Hindu

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an adherent of Hinduism
2 : a native or inhabitant of India

Hindu

adjective
variants: or less commonly Hindoo

Definition of Hindu (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characteristic of the Hindus or Hinduism

First Known Use of Hindu

Noun

1625, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1698, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Hindu

Noun

Persian Hindū inhabitant of India, from Hind India

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“Hindu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hindu. Accessed 8 Aug. 2022.

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Hindu

noun
Hin·​du | \ ˈhin-ˌdü How to pronounce Hindu (audio) \

Kids Definition of Hindu

: a person who follows Hinduism

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