a large country in South Asia. Population: 1,030,000,000 (2001). Capital: New Delhi. India was ruled by the British from 1757 until 1947, and is now the largest democracy in the world. The official languages are Hindi and English, and most people belong to the Hindu religion, although there are also large populations of Muslims and Sikhs.
Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English Advanced Learner's Dictionary.