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- Hindi is the name of an Indo-Aryan language or languages originated from Sanskrit, defined with various degrees of scope:
- In the narrowest and in English perhaps most common sense, Hindi is Modern Standard Hindi, a literary style and standardized register of Hindustani.
- In a slightly broader sense, Hindi is spoken Hindustani, as used for example in Hindi Cinema (Bollywood).
- Historically, Hindi may refer to any Central-Zone Indic literary dialect (Khari Boli), including Urdu, Braj Bhasha, and Awadhi.
- In an intermediate sense, Hindi is the Central Zone dialects of Western Hindi (including Hindustani) and Eastern Hindi (including Fijian Hindi).
- In the widest sense, "Hindi" covers all the Hindi languages (Hindi belt), varieties of Hindi of the so-called Hindi belt: Western Hindi, Eastern Hindi, Bihari (including Caribbean Hindustani and Fiji Hindi but sometimes excluding Bhojpuri, Pahari, Nepali and Maithili, and Rajasthani).
- The term may also refer to:
- In Arabic, al-Hind means India and Hindī means Indian; these words are cognate with Indus and Sindh of Pakistan. The Arabic name al-Hindi ("the Indian"; properly al-hindiyya) can figure as a nisba.
- In Filipino the word Hindi means No/Not or a negative exclamation.
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