Devanagari
Definition - The abugida alphabet that Sanskrit is usually written in.

Basic Hindi phrases with their Devanagari spelling




Notes:
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)



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