| Definition -
The abugida alphabet that Sanskrit is usually written in.
1. It is written from left to right, lacks distinct letter cases, and is recognizable by the linking horizontal line that runs along the tops of the letters.
Etymology - The word was coined from the Sanskrit deva, god + Nagari, an earlier or a more generic name for the same alphabet; thus it literally means "script of the gods."
Oxford English Dictionary - Its first citation is from 1781:
"It differs but little from the Dewnagur."
(Sir C. Wilkins in Asiatic Res. (1799) I. 294)