Hindustani (हिन्दुस्तानी ہندوستانی Hindustānī, also known as "Hindi-Urdu," is a term used by linguists to describe several closely related idioms in the northern, central and northwestern part of the Indian subcontinent and the vernacular blend between its two standardized registers in the form of the official languages of Standard Hindi and Urdu (Khariboli), as well as several nonstandard dialects (Hindi languages).
The two standardized registers of Hindustani are nearly identical in grammar and share a basic common vocabulary. Before the Partition of British India, the terms Hindustani and Urdu were synonymous.
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