Ve·​da ˈvā-də How to pronounce Veda (audio)
: any of four canonical collections of hymns, prayers, and liturgical formulas that comprise the earliest Hindu sacred writings

Word History


borrowed from Sanskrit veda- "knowledge, insight, sacred writings," derivative from the base of veda "(he/she) knows," vid- "knowledge"; akin to Greek oîde "(he/she) knows," Old English witan "to know" — more at wit entry 2

First Known Use

1734, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Veda was in 1734

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“Veda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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