Meaning of “Hindu” in the English Dictionary

"Hindu" in English

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Hindunoun [ C ]

uk /ˈhɪn.duː/ us /ˈhɪn.duː/

Examples from literature

  • Another Hindu celebration is Diwali, the festival of lights. 
  • But it also has a Hindu calendar. 
  • He was inspired by a well-known Hindu creation myth (a story about the creation of the universe). 
  • Many Hindus travel a long way to see the Ganges or to wash in its waters. 
  • The Ganges is very important to Hindus, members of the main religion of India. 
  • The Holi festival dates back many centuries, and it is enjoyed by Hindus all over the world. 

(Definition of “Hindu” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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Hindunoun [ C ]

us /ˈhɪn·du/

a member of the main religion of India, which is based on four holy texts, has a very long history, and supports the belief that when a person or creature dies, the spirit returns to life in another body:

There are more than 500 million Hindus in the world.
adjective [ not gradable ] us /ˈhɪn·du/

a Hindu god

(Definition of “Hindu” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)