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or Rig·ve·da

[rig-vey-duh, -vee-duh]
noun Hinduism.
  1. one of the Vedas, a collection of 1028 hymns, dating from not later than the second millennium b.c.
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Origin of Rig-Veda

From the Sanskrit word ṛgveda
Related formsRig·ve·dic [rig-vey-dik, -vee-] /rɪgˈveɪ dɪk, -ˈvi-/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for rig-veda

Historical Examples

  • Preface to the fourth volume of my edition of the Rig-Veda, p. li.

    India: What can it teach us?

    F. Max Mller

  • Madhuvridh is likewise a word which does not occur again in the Rig-Veda.

  • In some of the hymns of the Rig-Veda we can still watch an earlier phase.

  • See preface to the fourth volume of my edition of the Rig-veda.

  • I give but one specimen, the 129th hymn of the tenth book of the Rig-veda.

British Dictionary definitions for rig-veda


  1. a compilation of 1028 Hindu poems dating from 2000 bc or earlier
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Word Origin

C18: from Sanskrit rigveda, from ric song of praise + Veda
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