Top Ten Hindi Words That Have Made It To The English Vocabulary

When we converse in Hindi, we intersperse it with many English words, but do you know that some English words originated from Hindi?

Here are 10 common ones:

1.  Chutney

A condiment made with salt, sugar, spices and fruit, chutney is neither sweet nor salty. The word originates from the Hindi word chatni, with the same meaning.

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2.  Guru

A word used to describe a Hindu spiritual teacher, guru has evolved over the years to refer to a mentor or expert.

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3.  Juggernaut

Derived from Jagannath, an avatar of the Hindu god, Vishnu, who is worshipped as the Lord of the Universe, juggernaut refers to a powerful, overwhelming or destructive force.

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4.  Jungle

An export to the English language during the British colonial era, jungle comes from the Hindi word jangal, which means forest.

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5.  Pyjamas

Payjamah is a Hindi word that means clothing (jamah) for the legs (pay). In English, it is used to refer to loose fitting trousers with a drawstring waist.

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6.  Yoga

An ancient Hindu practice that promotes meditation, breath-control techniques and a series of body postures for health and relaxation, Yoga is famous worldwide as a fitness mantra.

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7.  Bungalow

Derived from the word Bangla meaning a type of single-storied house built for the first British settlers, Bungalow refers to a large detached house.

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8.  Cummerbund

Originating from the Hindi words kamar (waist) and bandh (tie), it’s a waist sash worn over formal evening attire.

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9.  Loot

Believe it or not, the Hindi verb loot, which means to steal, is the origin of the English word with the same meaning!

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10.  Shampoo

Shampoo originated from Champo, the Hindi verb meaning to press. It refers to a full-body massage ritual, at the end of which the hair is lathered, massaged and washed.

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