- one of the Vedas, a collection of 1028 hymns, dating from not later than the second millennium b.c.
Origin of Rig-Veda
- a compilation of 1028 Hindu poems dating from 2000 bc or earlier
Word Origin for Rig-Veda
Word Origin and History for rig veda
1776, from Sanskrit rigveda, from rg- "praise, hymn, spoken stanza," literally "brightness," from PIE *erkw- "to radiate, beam; praise" + veda "knowledge," from PIE *weid-o-, from root *weid- "to know, see" (see vision (n.)). A thousand hymns, orally transmitted, probably dating from before 1000 B.C.E. Related: Rig-vedic.