Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

Veda

[vey-duh, vee-]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun Hinduism.
  1. Sometimes Vedas. the entire body of Hindu sacred writings, chief among which are four books, the Rig-Veda, the Sama-Veda, the Atharva-Veda, and the Yajur-Veda.
  2. Also called Samhita. each of these four books.
  3. Vedas, these four books, along with the Brahmanas and Upanishads.

Origin of Veda

From Sanskrit
Related formsVe·da·ic [vi-dey-ik] /vɪˈdeɪ ɪk/, adjectiveVe·da·ism [vey-duh-iz-uh m, vee-] /ˈveɪ dəˌɪz əm, ˈvi-/, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for veda

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples


British Dictionary definitions for veda

Veda

noun
  1. any or all of the most ancient sacred writings of Hinduism, esp the Rig-Veda, Yajur-Veda, Sama-Veda, and Atharva-Veda
Derived FormsVedaic (vɪˈdeɪɪk), adjectiveVedaism (ˈveɪdəˌɪzəm), noun

Word Origin

C18: from Sanskrit: knowledge; related to veda I know
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for veda

Veda

n.

ancient sacred Hindu book, 1734, from Sanskrit veda "knowledge, sacred book," from root vid- "to know," from PIE root *weid- "to see" (related to wit, and to Avestan vaeda "I know," Latin videre "to see;" see vision (n.)). The books are the Rig-, Yajur-, Sama-, and Atharva-veda.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper