marathi \ma*ra"thi\ (?), mahratta \mah*rat"ta\ (?) ], n. a sanskritic language of western india, prob. descended from the maharastri prakrit, spoken by the marathas and neighboring peoples. it has an abundant literature dating from the 13th century. it has a book alphabet nearly the same as devanagari and a cursive script translation between the devanagari and the gujarati. marathi n : an indic language; the state language of maharashtra in west central india; written in the devanagari script [syn: marathi, mahratti]
Marathi people, an Indo-Aryan ethnic group, that inhabit the Maharashtra region and state of western India
Marathi language, an Indo-Aryan language spoken by the Marathi people of Maharashtra and neighbouring states in Southern, Central and Western India
Marathi cinema, films produced in the Marathi language in the state of Maharashtra, India
Marathi literature, the body of literature in the Marathi language
Marathi (Μαράθι), a small island in the Dodecanese archipelago, close to Arki, renowned for its attractive beach
Marathi Play, the plays produced in the Marathi language in the state of Maharashtra, India
Marathi script, a Devanagari script used to write Marathi language
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Marathi (; मराठी ) is an Indo-Aryan language spoken predominantly by Marathi people of Maharashtra. It is the official language and co-official language in Maharashtra and Goa states of Western India respectively, and is one of the 23 official languages of India. There were 73 million speakers in 2001; Marathi ranks 19th in the list of most spoken languages in the world. Marathi has the fourth largest number of native speakers in India. Marathi has some of the oldest literature of all modern Indo-Aryan languages, dating from about 900 AD. The major dialects of Marathi are Standard Marathi and the Varhadi dialect. There are other related languages such as Khandeshi, Dangi, Vadvali and Samavedi. Malvani Konkani has been heavily influenced by Marathi varieties.