A language of India

Alternate Names

645,000 (2001 census). 51,600 monolinguals (2006 SIL).


Rajasthan, Alwar, Bharatpur, Dholpur districts; Uttar Pradesh, Madhura district; Haryana, Gurgaon, Faridabad districts.

Language Maps
Language Status

5 (Developing).


Ahirwati. 45% intelligibility of Marwari [rwr]. Over 90% intelligibility of Alwar District dialect throughout Mewati area. Dialect in the Nuh area of Gurgaon is considered purest. Lexical similarity: 72%–77% with Hindi [hin], 63%–68% with Haryanvi [bgc], 57%–70% with Shekhawati [swv], 62%–67% with Dhundari [dhd], 52%–70% with Haroti [hoj], 68%–71% with Braj Bhasha [bra], 86%–99% between all varieties of Mewati.

Language Use

Vigorous. Home, village, market, religion. All ages. Positive attitudes. 25% also use Hindi [hin]. An Arabic language or Urdu [urd] also used.

Language Development
Literacy rate in L2: 25% (2006 SIL). Taught in primary schools.
Other Comments

People are called Meo; many Urdu [urd] loanwords. Muslim, Hindu.