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[rig-vey-duh, -vee-duh] /rɪgˈveɪ də, -ˈvi də/
noun, Hinduism.
one of the Vedas, a collection of 1028 hymns, dating from not later than the second millennium b.c.
Compare Veda.
Origin of Rig-Veda
< Sanskrit ṛgveda
Related forms
[rig-vey-dik, -vee-] /rɪgˈveɪ dɪk, -ˈvi-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for rig veda
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  • The Dawn, it appears, in the rig veda is said to leave no footsteps behind her (apad).

    Popular Tales Charles Perrault
  • A passage from the rig veda speaks likewise of the time, or rather the no-time, which preceded all things.

    Nature Mysticism J. Edward Mercer
  • In the same way the rig veda has not one but many solar deities.

  • She is mentioned only twice in the rig veda, and then without any emphasis or complementary epithet.

  • “The hearts of women are the hearts of wolves,” says the ancient Sanskrit commentary on the rig veda.

    Essays in Little Andrew Lang
  • The oldest literary shape of the tale of Psyche and her lover is found in the rig veda (x. 95).

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • The rig veda depicts a life not far advanced in material arts but, considering the date, humane and civilized.

  • The lightning song sounds wonderfully like an extract from the Sanscrit, “rig veda.”

  • In the rig veda, then, we dimly discern a parting between a mortal man and an immortal bride, and a promise of reconciliation.

    Custom and Myth Andrew Lang
  • The hymns of the rig veda celebrate the power, exploits, or generosity of the deity invoked, and sometimes his personal beauty.

    Two Old Faiths J. Murray Mitchell and William Muir
British Dictionary definitions for rig veda


/rɪɡˈveɪdə; -ˈviːdə/
a compilation of 1028 Hindu poems dating from 2000 bc or earlier
Word Origin
C18: from Sanskrit rigveda, from ric song of praise + Veda
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Word Origin and History for rig veda

Rig veda

1776, from Sanskrit rigveda, from rg- "praise, hymn, spoken stanza," literally "brightness," from PIE *erkw- "to radiate, beam; praise" + veda "knowledge," from PIE *weid-o-, from root *weid- "to know, see" (see vision (n.)). A thousand hymns, orally transmitted, probably dating from before 1000 B.C.E. Related: Rig-vedic.

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