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official Pakistani language which is written in Arabic letters and spoken by over 100 million people worldwide (mostly Muslims in Pakistan, but also in India and Bangladesh)

\ur"du\ (?), n. [hind. urdū.] the language more generally called hindustanee.
adj : relating to the urdu language; "urdu poetry" [syn: urdu]
n : the official literary language of pakistan, closely related to hindi; widely used in india (mostly by moslems); written in arabic script [syn: urdu]

Urdu (; ALA-LC: ; ), or more precisely Modern Standard Urdu, is a standardized register of the Hindustani language. Urdu is historically associated with the Muslims of the region of Hindustan. It is the national language and lingua franca of Pakistan, and an official language of six Indian states and one of the 22 scheduled languages in the Constitution of India. Apart from specialized vocabulary, Urdu is mutually intelligible with Standard Hindi, which is associated with the Hindu community. The Urdu language received recognition and patronage under the British Raj when the British replaced the Persian and local official languages of North Indian states with the Urdu and English language in 1837.

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Urdu is a language spoken in Pakistan, India and Mauritius.
Urdu is a variety of the Hindustani language, from which it differs in its extensive borrowing of words from Arabic and Persian.
The language is: Urdu

1. the official literary language of Pakistan, closely related to Hindi; widely used in India (mostly by Moslems); written in Arabic script
(hypernym) Sanskrit, Sanskritic language
1. relating to the Urdu language; "Urdu poetry"
(pertainym) Urdu

The language more generally called Hindustanee.

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