A Hindu is a person who believes in the religion called Hinduism. Many Hindus live in India.
Use the term Hindu to talk about someone who follows the teachings and practices of Hinduism, or who has a cultural connection to Hinduism. If you're a Hindu, you belong to the third largest religion in the world, and one with many different gods and goddesses. The word Hindu used to refer to anyone from India, from the Persian word for "India," Hind. The ultimate root is the Sanskrit word sindhu, or "river."