or San·scrit

  1. an Indo-European, Indic language, in use since c1200 b.c. as the religious and classical literary language of India. Abbreviation: Skt
  1. Also San·skrit·ic, San·scrit·ic. of or relating to Sanskrit.

Origin of Sanskrit

First recorded in 1610–20, Sanskrit is from the Sanskrit word saṃskṛta adorned, perfected
Related formsSan·skrit·ist, San·scrit·ist, nounnon-San·skrit·ic, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for sanskrit

Contemporary Examples of sanskrit

Historical Examples of sanskrit

  • Ebb and flow and flood-tide have become as difficult as Sanskrit synonyms for me.

  • Mr. Borrow derives this name from the Sanskrit Ksump, to go.

    The Gypsies

    Charles G. Leland

  • It was Pandit Ramsarvaswa's duty to see to the progress of our Sanskrit.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • Sanskrit and Sanscrit are used interchangeably in the original.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

  • I could not, nor had I the need to, understand a word of the Sanskrit.

    My Reminiscences

    Rabindranath Tagore

British Dictionary definitions for sanskrit


  1. 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
Derived FormsSanskritist, noun

Word Origin for Sanskrit

C17: from Sanskrit samskrta perfected, literally: put together
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Word Origin and History for sanskrit



1610s, from Sanskrit samskrtam "put together, well-formed, perfected," neuter of samskrta, from sam "together" (see same) + krta- "to make, do, perform," from PIE *k(w)er- "to make, form" (related to karma). "so called as being the cultivated or literary language, distinguished from the vulgar dialects, or, some say, because regarded as a perfect language, the speech of the gods, formed by infallible rules" [Century Dictionary].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

sanskrit in Culture


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

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