- an Indo-European, Indic language, in use since c1200 b.c. as the religious and classical literary language of India. Abbreviation: Skt
- Also San·skrit·ic, San·scrit·ic. of or relating to Sanskrit.
Origin of Sanskrit
Examples from the Web for sanskrit
I remember reading about how you and your wife had a message in Sanskrit inside your wedding bands.Hugh Jackman on ‘Prisoners,’ the Oscars, ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past,’ and More
September 16, 2013
After a successful run at film festivals, a film based on a Sanskrit epic suddenly sparks turmoil in New York.Animated Film Roils Hindus in Queens
July 24, 2011
The Sanskrit noun avatāra is derived from a verbal root that means "to cross over," just as Jake does in his journey.
Tra comes from a Sanskrit word trayate that means "to liberate."
"I've labored all my life in the paddy fields of Sanskrit," she has said.The Best of Brit Lit
July 30, 2009
Ebb and flow and flood-tide have become as difficult as Sanskrit synonyms for me.Tales of Fishes
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.
Sanskrit and Sanscrit are used interchangeably in the original.
I could not, nor had I the need to, understand a word of the Sanskrit.
- 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
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].
The language of ancient India, and one of the oldest languages of the Indo-European family, to which English belongs.