The alphabet in which Sanskrit and many modern Indian languages are written.
The alphabet in which Sanskrit and most of the modern languages of N India are written.
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