from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A divinely inspired poet or sage in India, sometimes regarded as a saint.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A Vedic poet and seer who composed Rigvedic hymns, who alone or with others invokes the deities with poetry of a sacred character.
- n. A Hindu sage or saint occupying the same position in India history as the patriarchs of other countries, constituting a peculiar class of beings in the early mythical system, as distinct from Asuras, Devas and mortal men.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Skt. myth., an inspired sage or poet; the author of a Vedic hymn.
Sanskrit ṛṣiḥ.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit ऋषि (ṛ́ṣi), of Common Indo-Iranian source (cognate with Avestan 𐬆𐬭𐬆𐬴𐬌𐬴 (ǝrǝšiš, "seer")), probably formed from verbal root √ṛṣ ("to flow, pour"). (Wiktionary)