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Prakrit (n.)

collective name for the popular dialects of ancient northern and central India (distinguished from and succeeding Sanskrit), sometimes also applied to modern languages (Hindi, Bengali, etc.), 1766, from Sanskrit prakrta- "natural, original" (opposed to samskrta- "prepared, refined"), from pra- "before, forward, forth" (from PIE root *per- (1) "forward," hence "before") + krta- "to make, do, perform," from PIE root *k(w)er- "to make, form" (related to karma). Related: Prakritic.

updated on October 04, 2020

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Definitions of Prakrit from WordNet

Prakrit (n.)
any of the modern Indic languages;
Prakrit (n.)
any of the vernacular Indic languages of north and central India (as distinguished from Sanskrit) recorded from the 3rd century BC to the 4th century AD;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.