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Sanskrit

[ san-skrit ]
/ ˈsæn skrɪt /
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noun

an Indo-European, Indic language, in use since c1200 b.c. as the religious and classical literary language of India. Abbreviations: Skt, Skt., Skr., Skrt

adjective

Also San·skrit·ic . of or relating to Sanskrit.

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Origin of Sanskrit

First recorded in 1610–20; from Sanskrit saṃskṛta “adorned, perfected”; cf. Prakrit, Pali
San·skrit·ist, nounnon-San·skrit·ic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Sanskrit

Sanskrit
/ (ˈsænskrɪt) /

noun

an ancient language of India, the language of the Vedas, of Hinduism, and of an extensive philosophical and scientific literature dating from the beginning of the first millennium bc. It is the oldest recorded member of the Indic branch of the Indo-European family of languages; recognition of the existence of the Indo-European family arose in the 18th century from a comparison of Sanskrit with Greek and Latin. Although it is used only for religious purposes, it is one of the official languages of India
Sanskritist, noun
C17: from Sanskrit samskrta perfected, literally: put together
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Cultural definitions for Sanskrit

Sanskrit

The language of ancient India, and one of the oldest languages of the Indo-European family, to which English belongs.

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