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Inherited from Old Hindi मेरौ (merau), मेरा (merā), from Sauraseni Apabhramsa महेरौ (maherau), महारा (mahārā)[1], from Sauraseni Prakrit 𑀫𑀳 (maha, genitive singular) + Sauraseni Prakrit 𑀓𑁂𑀭 (kera) + Middle Indo-Aryan -𑀓- (-ka-). 𑀫𑀳 (maha) is from Sanskrit मह्यम् (mahyam, dative of अहम् (aham)), and further from Proto-Indo-Iranian *mábʰyam and Proto-Indo-European *me-. It is commonly confused and used as a genitive in Prakrit. 𑀓𑁂𑀭 (kera) is encountered in Prakrit and Apabhramsa as a possessive postpositional marker for nouns in genitive case. It probably derives from the Sanskrit root कृ (kṛ), possibly through metathesis in कार्य (kārya, fit to be done > *belonging to) > *kaira > kera. [2] Cognate with Assamese মোৰ (mür), Punjabi ਮੇਰਾ (merā) and Romani miro.


  • (Delhi Hindi) IPA(key): /meː.ɾɑː/, [meː.ɾäː]


मेरा (merām (Urdu spelling میرا‎)

  1. genitive of मैं (ma͠i); my, mine


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jaroslav Strnad (2013) Morphology and Syntax of Old Hindī : Edition and Analysis of One Hundred Kabīr Vānī Poems From Rājasthān (Brill's Indological Library; 45), Leiden, →OCLC, page 262
  2. ^ Hercus, Luise (1991) Collected articles of LA Schwarzschild on Indo-Aryan 1953-1979, Faculty of Asian Studies, Australian National University, →ISBN, page 12-14