Urdu is an Indo-Aryan language which has the twentieth largest world population of speakers, with 130 million speaking it as a native language and 270 million in total. It is the national language of Pakistan and is one of the 23 official languages of India. It has official language status in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir, and Uttar Pradesh, and the national capital, Delhi; where it is spoken, learned, and regarded as a language of prestige. It is used in education, literature, office and court business, media, and in religious institutions. Urdu draws much vocabulary from Persian and Arabic.
This dictionary provides extensive coverage of Urdu words, phrases, idioms including scientific and technical terms. Also included are words that have been part of the vocabulary used by poets, literati, and the common man over the last two hundred years. It is a comprehensive all-inclusive dictionary covering the classic and modern language originating from all citadels like Delhi, Lucknow, and Lahore. Includes 85,000 entries with meanings, definitions, explanations, parts of speech, etymology, and sub-entries (words, inflexions, phrase, proverbs, and compounds) in a user-friendly style.
Presents the pronunciation of Urdu words in IPA (International Phonetics Alphabet) for the first time in the history of Urdu lexicography. IPA is an internationally recognized and approved system of phonetic notation. It was devised by the International Phonetic Association as a standardized representation of almost all the sounds and letters of spoken languages of the world. It gives more clear and exact pronunciation then conventional system of symbols, coding, and Romanization. It provides extra help for foreign language learning.
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About the Author
S.M. Salimuddin, Executive, State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan, retired,Suhail Anjum, Freelancer, editor, and translator
Mr S.M. Salimuddin is a retired executive of State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan. He enrolled at the Hameedia College, Bhopal (affiliated to Agra University, India) in 1946 and graduated in Arts from the said university in 1951 in Urdu and English Literature.
Mr Suhail Anjum has been associated with OUP as a freelancer, editor, and translator on a number of projects. He has also contributed as editor to the Oxford English-Urdu Dictionary compiled by Shanul Haq Haqqee.
Dr Rauf Parekh is a lexicographer and well-known author, compiler, reviewer, and columnist of Pakistan. He has served as Chief Editor of the Urdu Dictionary Board, Federal Ministry of Education.
Mr Tariq Mahmud is an author of more than thirty books including four English-Urdu dictionaries. He has served as Director, Bureau of Composition, Compilation and Translation, University of Karachi and as Registrar, University of Karachi.
Table of Contents
Using this dictionary
Sound Key and Introductory Note (based on the IPA symbols)
A list of Anglicize words