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."

Definitions of Hindu
  1. adjective
    of or relating to or supporting Hinduism
    “the Hindu faith”
    synonyms: Hindi, Hindoo
  2. noun
    a person who adheres to Hinduism
    synonyms: Hindoo
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    a Hindu religious teacher; used as a title of respect
    a Hindu disciple of a swami
    Hare Krishna
    worshipper of Krishna and member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
    worshipper of Shakti
    worshipper of Shiva
    worshipper of Vishnu
    saddhu, sadhu
    (Hinduism) an ascetic holy man
    sannyasi, sannyasin, sanyasi
    a Hindu religious mendicant
    type of:
    religious person
    a person who manifests devotion to a deity
  3. noun
    a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India
    synonyms: Hindoo, Hindustani
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    brahman, brahmin
    a member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas
    a member of the royal or warrior Hindu caste
    Rajpoot, Rajput
    a member of the dominant Hindu military caste in northern India
    Shudra, Sudra
    a member of the lowest or worker Hindu caste
    a member of the mercantile and professional Hindu caste; the third of the four main castes
    one of a group of brahmans who uphold nonsectarian orthodoxy according to the Vedanta school of Hinduism
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    Asian, Asiatic
    a native or inhabitant of Asia
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