San·​skrit ˈsan-ˌskrit How to pronounce Sanskrit (audio)
: an ancient Indo-Aryan language that is the classical language of India and of Hinduism
: classical Sanskrit together with the older Vedic and various later modifications of classical Sanskrit see Indo-European Languages Table
Sanskrit adjective
Sanskritic adjective
Sanskritist noun

Examples of Sanskrit in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shivkumar is a big thinker, an erudite physician quick with an apt quotation, whose Westwood office is stacked with Sanskrit volumes of the Mahabharata alongside books about late Bruins basketball coach John Wooden. Emily Alpert Reyes, Los Angeles Times, 20 May 2024 In Sanskrit, hanu means jaw, while man translates to prominent or disfigured. Aaron Boorstein, Smithsonian Magazine, 5 Apr. 2024 Viewers argued about Cillian Murphy’s J. Robert Oppenheimer reciting the Bhagavad Gita — from the original Sanskrit! — to Florence Pugh’s Jean Tatlock while in the throes of passion (the scene came in for outraged criticism in India). Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 8 Mar. 2024 There are two Indias – the relatively small, but globally visible, English-speaking India, and the vast, multilingual and increasingly affluent and aspirational Bharat (the ancient Sanskrit name for the country), where the growth will come from. Patrick Frater, Variety, 1 Mar. 2024 Their codas could be orders of magnitude more ancient than Sanskrit. Ross Andersen, The Atlantic, 24 Feb. 2024 Languages as different as English, Russian, Hindustani, Latin and Sanskrit can all be traced back to this ancestral language. Kurt Kleiner, Discover Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024 In the paper’s supplementary materials, a brief history of kissing pinpointed South Asia as the place of origin and traced the first literary buss to 1500 B.C., when Vedic Sanskrit manuscripts were being transcribed from oral history. Franz Lidz, New York Times, 13 Feb. 2024 In India, the death of a crane inspired the writing of the Sanskrit epic Ramayana. Elaine Godfrey, The Atlantic, 10 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Sanskrit saṁskṛta, literally, perfected, from sam together + karoti he makes

First Known Use

1696, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Sanskrit was in 1696

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“Sanskrit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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San·​skrit ˈsan-ˌskrit How to pronounce Sanskrit (audio)
: an ancient Indic language of India and of Hinduism
Sanskrit adjective
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