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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of a group of philosophical treatises contributing to the theology of ancient Hinduism, elaborating on the earlier Vedas.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In Sanskrit lit., a name given to a series of treatises of theosophic and philosophic contents.

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  • proper noun An authorless Hindu religious and philosophical text considered to be an early source of the religion, found mostly as the concluding part of the Brahmanas and in the Aranyakas.

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

  • noun a later sacred text of Hinduism of a mystical nature dealing with metaphysical questions

Etymologies

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

[Sanskrit upaniṣat, upaniṣad- : upa, under, near; see upo in Indo-European roots + ni, down + sīdati, sad-, he sits (probably from the fact that students would sit at their teacher's feet while listening to instruction); see sed- in Indo-European roots.]

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