In the tradition of "Hobson-jobson, this dictionary contains Indo. English idioms and English words derived from Hindi. It serves as both a reference book and an interesting cultural examination of language and the postcolonial relationship between the British and Indians. Such words as "dungaree, chintz, and "lacquer are revealed as having a Hindi origin. Also included are entries on words tied to Hinduism such as "guru, gherao, nirvana, asana, avatar, and "mantra.
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19th century Adivasi anglicism animal Arabic army Bagh bazaar Bengal Bombay brahman Brit British days Buddha Buddhist Calendars caste Hindus ceremony cloth colour dalit dance deity Delhi Divali Dussehra East India eastern India English word equivalent European family name festival Ganga Goddess Government of India Granth gurdwara Guru Hanuman Hindi Lit Hindi word Hindu Hinduism Hindustani honour Islamic Jainism Kashmir Khalsa King known Krishna later Lord Shiva Lord Vishnu male Maratha meaning ment Mogul mosque Mumbai Muslim n Hindi n Urdu normally northern India officers original Parsi particularly perhaps period Persian person popular Pradesh princely Punjab Rajasthan reference region religious river ruler Sahib Sanskrit Shakti Sikh Sikhism similar Singh sometimes south India Sultan Tamil temple term Tibetan tion today's traditional tree Urdu usually Vedas Vedic Viceroy village Vishnu worship