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How the word `Vilayati` or `Vilayat` meaning England, was introduced in Indian languages?

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Asked by gajanan wamanacharya, 05 Oct '07 08:36 pm
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When th British first came to India during Jahangir's reign, Persian was the court language. In Persian vilayat means foreign. Since the British were foreigners they were called vilayetis and England came to be known as Vilayet.
Answered by joyoti sen, 05 Oct '07 10:18 pm

 
  
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Gee waman ji,

i think vilayat has persian origin, meaning foreign land...and urdu/hindustani has lot of persian influence...vilayat doesn't necessarily mean england, but since the prevalent practice at that time was going to englad, more like going to US these days, I guess it stuck

just a thought ...
Answered by Mayala Fakir, 05 Oct '07 08:40 pm

 
  
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Vilayat is a name of country.
Answered by sudhanshu, 16 Dec '09 02:25 pm

 
  
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At the time this word was coined, most of the world was being ruled by the British so the English were only considered Vilayat -Vilayati.
Answered by Dolly, 05 Oct '07 08:38 pm

 
  
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