Devanagari

EnglishEdit

 
Devanagari script (vowels top, consonants bottom) in Chandas font.

EtymologyEdit

From Sanskrit देवनागरी (devanāgarī), compound of देव (deva, deity, divine) + नगर (nagara, town, city).

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌdeɪvəˈnɑːɡ(ə)ɹɪ/, /ˌdɛvəˈnɑːɡ(ə)ɹɪ/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌdeɪvəˈnɑɡəɹi/
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AdjectiveEdit

Devanagari (not comparable)

  1. Of the Devanagari script or of a Devanagari alphabet.
    • 2018, James Lambert, “Anglo-Indian slang in dictionaries on historical principles”, in World Englishes, volume 37, page 251:
      The etymologies gave words from Hindustani in the Devanagari script accompanied by transliterations in parentheses.

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Proper nounEdit

Devanagari (uncountable)

  1. An abugida script used to write many languages originating in India and Nepal, including Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Kashmiri, Sindhi, Maithili, Bhili, Konkani, Bhojpuri, and Nepali.
    Synonym: Devanagari alphabet (nonstandard)

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