Wiktionary:About Hindi

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Hindi's direct ancestors are: Sauraseni Prakrit (psu), Proto-Indo Aryan (inc-pro), and so on. It takes significant amounts of loanwords from Sanskrit, either through Sauraseni or by Proto-Indo-Aryan. Other important loaning languages are Persian (fa), Arabic (ar), Turkish (tr), English (en), and Portuguese (pt).

To enter etymologies, use {{der|hi|<langcode>|<term>}}, which langcode being the ISO code of the language. Other etymology templates are {{bor}}, {{inh}}, and {{cog}}; see their respective documentations.


Hindi transliterations (that is, romanizations) are not words. Hindi entries should only be written in the Devanagari script. So, कुत्ता (kuttā) should only have the Devanagari entry – not kuttā.

Wiktionary uses a modification of IAST optimized for Hindi to show Latin-alphabet transliterations of Hindi words. See Wiktionary:Hindi transliteration for more specific instructions on transliterating Devanagari for Hindi entries.

Creating Hindi entries[edit]

Read Wiktionary:ELE for a more comprehensive guide, for all languages.

Entry name[edit]

The name of the entry is that of the word or phrase that you are defining.

The entry name should always be the Devanagari script - not a transliteration.

In words where the bindu (and sometimes the chandrabindu) can be used, always keep the lemma at the entry using the bindu/chandrabindu (depending on Google hits etc.), and keep the entry using a nasal consonant and virama as a soft redirect with {{alternative form of}}.

The essentials[edit]

  1. Language header lets you know the language of the word in question (==Hindi==). It is almost always in a level two heading (See Wiktionary:How to edit a page for some basic terminology we use). When there is more than one language header on a page, the language headers should appear in alphabetical order with Translingual and English given priority. Do not use "Indian" or "Hindu" in the language header.
  2. Part of Speech header It is the key descriptor for the grammatical function of the term in question (such as 'noun', 'verb', etc). The definitions themselves come within its scope. This heading is most frequently in a level three heading, and a page may have more than one for a single language.
  3. Inflection Line is the line immediately following the part of speech header. In the simplest entries, this will be the entry name, followed by the gender, transliteration, or other simple relevant information. Users should (at least) attempt make use of the standard inflection templates provided.
  4. Definitions or translations of the word appear as a numbered list in the part of speech section immediately following the inflection line, though it is a good idea to include a blank line in between for ease of editing.
  5. Declension/Conjugation should follow the Part of Speech header at a level 4. Use ====Declension==== for nouns and adjectives, and for verbs use ====Conjugation====.

Formatting Hindi entries[edit]

Read Wiktionary:ELE for a more comprehensive guide, for all languages.


For a model entry, see कुत्ता (kuttā, dog).

Nouns follow standard practices as per WT:ELE. For declensions, there are are several templates available. See Category:Hindi declension-table templates for a full list. The names are based on the endings for nouns, so कुत्ता (ending in "ā") uses the table Template:hi-noun-ā-e.

Preferred order of sections[edit]

The part of speech section will often include simple translation(s) into English in place of definitions, but there may be subsections.

Following is the preferred sequence for these standard sections:

 ===Alternative spellings===
 ===(Part of Speech)===
 ====Declension==== (for nouns, adjectives and pronouns)
 ====Conjugation==== (for verbs)
 ====Usage notes====
 ====Derived terms====
 ====Related terms====
 ===See also===

Other Hindi Aids[edit]


  • R. S. McGregor (1993) Oxford Hindi-English Dictionary, ISBN 9780198643395
  • Hardev Bahri (1989) Learners' Hindi-English Dictionary[1]
  • John T. Platts (1884) A Dictionary of Urdu, Classical Hindi, and English[2]