Learned borrowing from Sanskrit संस्कृत (saṃskṛtá, “perfected, prepared, constructed, refined”).
- A classical Indo-European language of South Asia, which is the liturgical language of Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism, Jainism. [from 1610s]
- Hyponyms: Classical Sanskrit, Vedic Sanskrit
- 2004, Benjamin W. Fortson IV, “Introduction”, in Indo-European Language and Culture, page 8:
- The Sanscrit language, whatever be its antiquity, is of a wonderful structure; more perfect than the Greek, more copious than the Latin, and more exquisitely refined than either, yet bearing to both of them a stronger affinity, both in the roots of verbs and in the forms of grammar, than could possibly have been produced by accident; so strong indeed, that no philologer could examine them all three, without believing them to have sprung from some common source, which, perhaps no longer exists...
- Sir William Jones, 2 February, 1786, at the Asiatick Society.
Sanskrit (not comparable)
- Relating to Sanskrit.
- Synonym: Sanskritic
- Wiktionary’s coverage of Sanskrit terms
- Appendix:Sanskrit Swadesh list for a Swadesh list of basic vocabulary words in Sanskrit
- ^ Douglas Harper (2001–2023), “Sanskrit”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.
Probably borrowed from a European language, ultimately from Sanskrit संस्कृत (saṃskṛta).
Sanskrit n (proper noun, strong, genitive Sanskrit or Sanskrits)
- Synonyms: Altindisch, altindische Sprache
- Sanskrit language