Definition of Urdu noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈʊəduː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈʊrduː//
; BrE BrE//ˈɜːduː//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈɜːrduː//
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the official language of Pakistan, also widely used in India See related entries: Languages Word Originfrom Persian (zabān-i-)urdū ‘(language of the) camp’ (because it developed as a lingua franca after the Muslim invasions between the occupying armies and the local people of the region around Delhi), urdū being from Turkic (a large group of Western and Central Asian languages) ordu ‘(royal) camp’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Urdu