Definition of nastaliq
: an Arabic script developed about the 15th century, characterized by a tendency to slope downward from right to left, and used mainly for Persian poetical writings and in Urdu and Malay manuscript
Love words? You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.
Join MWU now and get access to America’s largest dictionary, with:
- 300,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
- Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
- Advanced search features
- Ad free!
Origin and Etymology of nastaliq
Persian nastaʽlīq, from Arabic naskhīy taʽlīq, from naskhīy neskhi + taʽlīq, a script — more at neskhi
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up nastaliq? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).