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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 (; Urdu: , ) is a register of the Hindi-Urdu language that is identified with Muslims in South Asia. Urdu is the national language and lingua franca of Pakistan. It is also widely spoken in India, where it is one of the 22 scheduled languages and an official language of five states. Based on the Khariboli dialect of Delhi, Urdu is developed under the influence of Persian, Arabic, and Turkic over the course of almost 900 years. It began to take shape in what is now Uttar Pradesh, India during the Delhi Sultanate (1206–1527), and continued to develop under the Mughal Empire (1526–1858). Urdu is mutually intelligible with Standard Hindi (or Hindi-Urdu) spoken in India. Both languages share the same Indic base and are so similar in phonology and grammar that they appear to be one language. The combined population of Hindi and Urdu speakers is the fourth largest in the world.
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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"
The language more generally called Hindustanee.
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