What does Hindu mean?

Definitions for Hindu
ˈhɪn duhin·du

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word Hindu.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hindu, Hindoo, Hindustaninoun

    a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India

  2. Hindu, Hindooadjective

    a person who adheres to Hinduism

  3. Hindu, Hindi, Hindooadjective

    of or relating to or supporting Hinduism

    "the Hindu faith"


  1. Hindunoun

    Same as Hindoo. This is now the more commonly used spelling.


  1. Hindunoun

    A person adhering to the Hindu religion (Hinduism).

  2. Hindunoun

    Any native inhabitant of Hindustan, especially one of the Dravidian or Aryan races.

  3. Hinduadjective

    Of, or relating to Hinduism, or to Hindus and their culture.

  4. Hindunoun

    An origin of many religions including Sikhism, Jainism, Buddhism.


  1. hindu

    A Hindu is a follower of Hinduism, a major religion originating from the Indian subcontinent, distinguished by a belief in reincarnation and a supreme being of many forms and natures, with the concept of a personal god being less emphasized. Hindu beliefs and practices include devotion to deities such as Vishnu, Shiva, and the Devi, along with rituals, pilgrimage, meditation, yoga, moral conduct, and societal duties based on individual's stage of life and occupation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hindunoun

    a native inhabitant of Hindostan. As an ethnical term it is confined to the Dravidian and Aryan races; as a religious name it is restricted to followers of the Veda

  2. Hindunoun

    same as Hindoo

  3. Etymology: [Per. Hind, fr. Hind, Hindstn, India. Cf. Indian.]


  1. Hindu

    Hindu refers to an identity associated with the philosophical, religious and cultural systems that are indigenous to the Indian subcontinent. As used in the Constitution of India, the word "Hindu" is attributed to all persons professing any Indian religion. In common use today, it refers to an adherent of Hinduism. There was no word or a mention of word 'Hindu' in any of the India's ancient scripts like Vedas, Upanishads, Puranas etc. to further reference this argument. The word Hindu is derived from Sindhu, the local name for the Indus river. With more than a billion adherents, Hinduism is the world's third largest religion. The vast majority of Hindus, approximately 940 million, live in India. Other countries with large Hindu populations include Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Mauritius, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad & Tobago, United States, Fiji, United Kingdom, Singapore, Canada and the island of Bali in Indonesia.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hindu

    Hindoo, hin′dōō, n. a native of Hindustan: now more properly applied to native Indian believers in Brahmanism, as opposed to Mohammedans, &c.—ns. Hin′duism, Hin′dooism, the religion and customs of the Hindus. [Sindhu, Sans. for Indus.]

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  1. unhid

  2. hundi

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hindu in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hindu in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Hindu in a Sentence

  1. Maithripala Sirisena:

    While protecting the country's main religion Buddhism, we also protect the rights and freedom of Hindu, Muslim, and Catholic people in practicing their religion and create consensus among them to build up this country.

  2. Hilmar Orn Hilmarsson:

    It’s more like coming together, sanctifying the movement, having a sacred space, more close to Hindu ceremonies.

  3. Thorbjorn Jagland:

    While it is in the nature of extremism to create enemies and frightening images, and to divide the world into us and them, the laureates show us something else, a young girl and a somewhat older man. One from Pakistan, one from India. One Muslim, the other Hindu. Both symbols of the world needs -- namely, more unity.

  4. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar:

    So long as you are in the Hindu religion, you cannot expect to have freedom of thought.

  5. Ganga Sagar Pant:

    Hindu philosophy encourages enquiries towards truths. There are lots of examples of question-answers with gods and goddesses. So Hinduism is much more democratic than other unquestionable faiths.

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