[prah-krit, -kreet]


any of the vernacular Indic languages of the ancient and medieval periods, as distinguished from Sanskrit.

Origin of Prakrit

1780–90; < Sanskrit prākṛta, derivative of prakṛti; see prakriti
Related formsPra·krit·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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any of the vernacular Indic languages as distinguished from Sanskrit: spoken from about 300 bc to the Middle AgesSee also Pali
Derived FormsPrakritic, adjective

Word Origin for Prakrit

C18: from Sanskrit prāktra original, from pra- before + kr to do, make + -ta indicating a participle
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Word Origin and History for prakrit



popular dialect of ancient northern and central India (distinguished from Sanskrit), sometimes also applied to modern languages, 1766, from Sanskrit prakrta- "natural, original" (opposed to samskrta- "prepared, refined"), from pra- "before, forward, forth" (see pro-) + krta- "to make, do, perform," from PIE root *k(w)er- "to make, form" (related to karma).

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