(loosely) Any written form of Old Indic, including Vedic.
Of or written in Sanskrit.
The classical Old Indic literary language, as cultivated from the 4th cent. b.c. onward: because of the antiquity of its written expression and the detailed descriptive analysis it received in the Sutras of the Hindu grammarian Pānini (end of the 4th cent. b.c.), Sanskrit was used as a major source of data in the origin and development of Indo-European comparative linguistics.
Origin of sanskrit
Sanskrit saṃskṛtamfrom neuter ofsaṃskṛta-perfected, refinedsamtogethersem-1 in Indo-European roots karotihe makeskwer- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Sanskrit संस्कृत (saṃ-ská¹›tá, “perfected, prepared, constructed, refined").
Sanskrit Sentence Examples
The Benares college, including a firstgrade and a Sanskrit college, was opened in 1791, but its fine buildings date from 1852.
He encouraged the study of Sanskrit, and furthered schemes for the enlightenment and amelioration of the Hindus.
In 1862 he endowed the chair of Sanskrit in the university of Edinburgh, and was the main agent in founding the Shaw fellowship in moral philosophy.
At Pagar Rujung are several stones with inscriptions in Sanskrit and Menangkabo Malay.
Sanskrit words occur in the various languages spoken in the island; and the Ficus religiose, the sacred tree of the Hindu, is also the sacred tree of the Battas.