Devanagari Definition

dāvə-nägə-rē
noun
The alphabet in which Sanskrit and most of the modern languages of N India are written.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
Nagari scriptnagariDevanagari script

Origin of Devanagari

  • Sanskrit devanāgarī royal city writing (from its supposedly having been invented in Pataliputra, a royal city in India) deva- divine, royal dyeu- in Indo-European roots nāgarī feminine of nāgara- of a city (from nagaram city) (probably of Dravidian origin)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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