Sanskrit

3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sanskrit \San"skrit\, noun [Skr. Samsk[.r]ta the Sanskrit language, literally, the perfect, polished, or classical language, fr. samsk[.r]ta prepared, wrought, made, excellent, perfect; sam together (akin to E. same) + k[.r]ta made. See {Same}, {Create}.] [Written also {Sanscrit}.] The ancient language of the Hindoos, long since obsolete in vernacular use, but preserved to the present day as the literary and sacred dialect of India. It is nearly allied to the Persian, and to the principal languages of Europe, classical and modern, and by its more perfect preservation of the roots and forms of the primitive language from which they are all descended, is a most important assistance in determining their history and relations. Cf. {Prakrit}, and {Veda}.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Sanskrit \San"skrit\, adjective Of or pertaining to Sanskrit; written in Sanskrit; as, a Sanskrit dictionary or inscription.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

Sanskrit

noun

1: (Hinduism) an ancient language of India (the language of the Vedas and of Hinduism); an official language of India although it is now used only for religious purposes [syn: {Sanskrit}, {Sanskritic language}]


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