Hindu

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."

Primary Meanings of Hindu

1.
adjn
of or relating to or supporting Hinduism
a person who adheres to Hinduism
2.
n
a native or inhabitant of Hindustan or India
Full Definitions of Hindu
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adj of or relating to or supporting Hinduism

“the Hindu faith”
Synonyms:
Hindi, Hindoo

n a person who adheres to Hinduism

Synonyms:
Hindoo
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swami
a Hindu religious teacher; used as a title of respect
chela
a Hindu disciple of a swami
Hare Krishna
worshipper of Krishna and member of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness
Shaktist
worshipper of Shakti
Shivaist
worshipper of Shiva
Vaishnava
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
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n 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
Kshatriya
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
Vaisya
a member of the mercantile and professional Hindu caste; the third of the four main castes
smarta
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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