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Alternative forms


अन्तर (antar) m (Urdu spelling انتر)

  1. interior, inside
  2. difference
    1. margin, spacing
    2. interval
  3. (by extension, figuratively) soul
  4. a secret, hidden thing



From Proto-Indo-Iranian *Hantara-, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁énteros (inner, what is inside), an adjective formed from the adverb *h₁enter (between) (whence also अन्तर् (antár)). Cognates include Old Latin *interus (whence Latin interior (inner, interior) and intrā (inside, within)) and Ancient Greek ἔντερον (énteron, intestine, bowel).


अन्तर (ántara)

  1. being in the interior, interior
  2. near, proximate, related, intimate
  3. lying adjacent to
  4. distant
  5. different from
  6. exterior


अन्तर (ántara) n

  1. the interior
  2. a hole, opening
  3. the interior part of a thing, the contents
  4. soul, heart, supreme soul
  5. interval, intermediate space or time
  6. period
  7. term
  8. opportunity, occasion
  9. place
  10. distance, absence
  11. difference, remainder
  12. property, peculiarity
  13. weakness, weak side
  14. representation
  15. surety, guaranty
  16. respect, regard
  17. (at the end of a compound) different, other, another
    देशान्तरम् (deśā*ntaram)another country


  • Sir Monier Monier-Williams (1898) A Sanskrit-English dictionary etymologically and philologically arranged with special reference to cognate Indo-European languages, Oxford: Clarendon Press, page 0043