This is a list of English language
words of Hindi language
origin. Many of the Hindi equivalents have originated from Sanskrit
; see List of English words of Sanskrit origin
. Many others are of Persian
origin; see List of English words of Persian origin
. Some of the latter are in turn of Arabic
origin. In some cases words have entered the English language by multiple routes - occasionally ending up with different meanings, spellings, or pronunciations, just as with words with European etymologies.
from Avatar means incarnation
: from Bāngṛī
बांगड़ी, a type of bracelet. Bazaar
: from Bāzār
बाज़ार, a marketplace. (Of Persian
: from Vilāyatī
विलायती, foreigner. Bandanna
: from Bandhna
,(lucknavi ) to tie a scarf around the head. Bungalow
: a term for a Bengali type of house brahmin
:member of Hindu caste; traditional priest
: from Kāshmīr
, a type of woolen cardigan. Chai
: from Chāy
चाय, tea made with spices, commonly cardamom. Chit
: from Chitthi
, a letter or note. Cot
: from Khāt
, खाट, a portable bed. Cummerbund
: from Kamar Bandh
, meaning waist band or waist cloth.
: from Dharma
, meaning duty. Doolally
: from Deolali
, a place in Maharashtra, India. It means having an unbalanced state of mind.
: [from Startrek] from ferenghi
, another word for foreigner. Often spelled Farangi
and is derived from Frank
relating to European Crusaders.
G Garam Masala
literally, "hot spices" Guru
: from Guru
, An intellectual or spiritual guide or leader, any person who counsels or advises; mentor. e.g. "The elder senator was her political guru." Gymkhana
: A term which originally referred to a place where sporting events take place and referred to any of various meets at which contests were held to test the skill of the competitors. In English-speaking countries, a gymkhana refers to a multi-game equestrian event performed to display the training and talents of horses and their riders
: from jangal
, another word for wilderness or forest. Juggernaut
: from Jagannath
. Comes from the tradition of pulling the "Jagannath Rath" (Chariot) at Puri, Orrisa.
: In English, this refers to the law of cause and effect. E.g. "She doesn't respect her team members, her bad Karma got her fired." from Karm
, meaning deeds or duty. Kismet
: from Kismath
, meaning fate or destiny.
: from Lūtnā
लूटना, to loot.
: from Payjamo
, a garment worn as a trouser. Pukka
: from Pakkā
पक्का, cooked, ripe, solid. Pundit
: from Pandit
, meaning a learned scholar.
: from Santri
, an armed guard. Sepoy
: from Sepahi
, a soldier. Shampoo
: from Champu
, a scalp massage with some kind of oily or treacly mixture just before a bath.
: from Tipaya
, a three legged stool. Thug
: from Thag
ठग, meaning thief. Toddy
: from Tārī
ताड़ी, juice of the palmyra palm.