Urdu

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Ur·​du | \ ˈu̇r-(ˌ)dü How to pronounce Urdu (audio) , ˈər- How to pronounce Urdu (audio) \

Definition of Urdu

: an Indo-Aryan language that has the same colloquial basis as standard Hindi, is an official language of Pakistan, and is widely used by Muslims in urban areas of India

First Known Use of Urdu

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Urdu

Hindi & Urdu urdū, from Persian zabān-e-urdū-e-muallā language of the Exalted Camp (the imperial bazaar in Delhi)

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“Urdu.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Urdu. Accessed 27 Jan. 2021.

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Urdu

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How to pronounce Urdu (audio) How to pronounce Urdu (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of Urdu

: the official language of Pakistan which is also used in parts of India

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