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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of the oldest and most authoritative Hindu sacred texts, composed in Sanskrit and gathered into four collections.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A large body of texts originating in Ancient India. They form the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest sacred texts of Hinduism.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The ancient sacred literature of the Hindus; also, one of the four collections, called Rig-Veda, Yajur-Veda, Sama-Veda, and Atharva-Veda, constituting the most ancient portions of that literature.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The sacred scripture of the ancient Hindus, written in an older form or dialect of Sanskrit.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (from the Sanskrit word for `knowledge') any of the most ancient sacred writings of Hinduism written in early Sanskrit; traditionally believed to comprise the Samhitas, the Brahmanas, the Aranyakas, and the Upanishads

Etymologies

Sanskrit vedaḥ, sacred lore, knowledge, Veda; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit वेद (veda, "knowledge"). Compare to Swedish veta (to know), Dutch: weten, Low German: witten, wetten, waiten (Gronings) and German: wissen. (Wiktionary)

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