Priya, Priyā: 12 definitions


Priya means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Priyā (प्रिया).—A daughter of Dakṣa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 1. 122.
Source: JatLand: List of Mahabharata people and places

Priya (प्रिय) is a name mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. IX.44.55) and represents one of the many proper names used for people and places. Note: The Mahābhārata (mentioning Priya) is a Sanskrit epic poem consisting of 100,000 ślokas (metrical verses) and is over 2000 years old.

Priyā also refers to the name of a Lady mentioned in the Mahābhārata (cf. I.59.44, I.65).

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The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.

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Natyashastra (theatrics and dramaturgy)

Source: Wisdom Library: Nāṭya-śāstra

1) Priyā (प्रिया, “my dear”) refers to a specific “mode of address” (nāman) used in drama (nāṭya), according to Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 19. Priyā is used (by all except the king) in addressing the wife may in love-making. Hoever, priests’ and merchants’ wives are always to be addressed as Āryā (“noble lady”).

2) Priyā (प्रिया, “dear”) refers to a term to be used by women in love addressing their beloved during amorous union, according to the Nāṭyaśāstra chapter 24. Accordingly, “he who does nothing undesirable, speaks nothing improper, and always conducts himself uprightly is called ‘dear’ (priya)”

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Natyashastra (नाट्यशास्त्र, nāṭyaśāstra) refers to both the ancient Indian tradition (śāstra) of performing arts, (nāṭya, e.g., theatrics, drama, dance, music), as well as the name of a Sanskrit work dealing with these subjects. It also teaches the rules for composing dramatic plays (nataka) and poetic works (kavya).

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Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature

Priyā (प्रिया) refers to one of the 130 varṇavṛttas (syllabo-quantitative verse) dealt with in the second chapter of the Vṛttamuktāvalī, ascribed to Durgādatta (19th century), author of eight Sanskrit work and patronised by Hindupati: an ancient king of the Bundela tribe (presently Bundelkhand of Uttar Pradesh). A Varṇavṛtta (eg., priyā) refers to a type of classical Sanskrit metre depending on syllable count where the light-heavy patterns are fixed.

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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Languages of India and abroad

Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

priya (प्रिय).—a (S) Beloved, liked, dear, agreeable, pleasing. priya karaṇēṃ g. of o. To gratify, to please.

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priya (प्रिय).—m S In amorous compositions. A husband or a gallant.

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priyā (प्रिया).—f S A beloved female; a wife or a mistress; an inamorata.

Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English

priya (प्रिय).—a Beloved, dear, agreeable. priya karaṇēṃ To gratify, to please.

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priya (प्रिय).—m A husband or a gallant.

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priyā (प्रिया).—f A beloved woman; a wife, a mistress.

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Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Priya (प्रिय).—a. [prīṇāti pri-tarpaṇe ka] (compar. preyas, superl. preṣṭha)

1) Dear, beloved, liked, welcome, favourite; बन्धुप्रियाम् (bandhupriyām) Ku.1.26; प्रकृत्यैव प्रिया सीता रामस्यासीन्महात्मनः (prakṛtyaiva priyā sītā rāmasyāsīnmahātmanaḥ) Rām; R.3.29.

2) Pleasing, agreeable; तामूचतुस्ते प्रियमप्यमिथ्या (tāmūcatuste priyamapyamithyā) R.14.6.

2) Fond of, liking, loving, devoted or attached to; प्रियमण्डना (priyamaṇḍanā) Ś.4.9.; प्रियारामा वैदेही (priyārāmā vaidehī) U.2.

2) Dear, expensive.

5) Ved. Customary, familar, usual.

-yaḥ 1 A lover, husband; स्त्रीणामाद्यं प्रणयवचनं विभ्रमो हि प्रियेषु (strīṇāmādyaṃ praṇayavacanaṃ vibhramo hi priyeṣu) Me.28.

2) A kind of deer.

3) A son-in-law (jāmātā); Ms.3.119 (com.).

-yā 1 A beloved (wife), wife, mistress; प्रिये चारुशीले प्रिये रम्यशीले प्रिये (priye cāruśīle priye ramyaśīle priye) Gīt. 1.

2) A woman in general.

3) Small cardamoms.

4) News, information.

5) Spirituous liquor.

6) A kind of jasmine.

-yam 1 Love.

2) Kindness, service, favour; प्रियमाचरितं लते त्वया मे (priyamācaritaṃ late tvayā me) V.1.16; मत्प्रियार्थं यियासोः (matpriyārthaṃ yiyāsoḥ) Me.22; प्रियं मे प्रियं मे (priyaṃ me priyaṃ me) 'a good service done to me'; प्रिय- चिकीर्षवः (priya- cikīrṣavaḥ) Bg.1.23; U.3.26; Pt.1.193,365.

3) Pleasing or gladsome news; विवेश भुवमाख्यातुमुरगेभ्य इव प्रियम् (viveśa bhuvamākhyātumuragebhya iva priyam) R.12. 91; प्रियनिवेदयितारम् (priyanivedayitāram) Ś.4.

4) Pleasure; प्रियं प्राप्तो दशाननः (priyaṃ prāpto daśānanaḥ) Rām.7.23.15.

-yam ind. In a pleasing or agreeable manner.

-priyeṇa ind. Willingly.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary

Priya (प्रिय).—name of a Śākyan youth: Avadāna-śataka i.363.11 ff.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Priya (प्रिय).—mfn.

(-yaḥ-yā-yaṃ) Beloved, dear, desired. m.

(-yaḥ) 1. A husband a lover. 2. A sort of drug, commonly Ridd'hi 3. A sort of deer. f.

(-yā) 1. A woman. 2. A wife or mistress. 3. Small cardamoms. 4. News, information. 5. Arabian jasmine. 6. Spirituous or vinous liquor. 7. A species of the Supratishtha metre. E. prī to please, aff. ka, and the vowel made short.

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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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