Vesha, Veṣa, Vesa, Veśa: 16 definitions



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The Sanskrit terms Veṣa and Veśa can be transliterated into English as Vesa or Vesha, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

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In Hinduism

Purana and Itihasa (epic history)

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: The Purana Index

Veśa (वेश).—Married Nadhi; father of Marīca-Kaśyapa.*

  • * Vāyu-purāṇa 65. 112.
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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: Natya Shastra

Veṣa (वेष).—Clothes coming from many marts are of various kinds. They are chiefly of three kinds:

  1. śuddha (pure, white)
  2. vicitra (variegated, many-coloured),
  3. malina (impure, dark).

Costumes (veṣa) are of three kinds: white, variegated and soiled (malina). I shall now explain their difference according to use made by producers.

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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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Vastushastra (architecture)

Source: OpenEdition books: Architectural terms contained in Ajitāgama and Rauravāgama

Veśa (वेश) [or veśana] refers to “re-entrant (of a molding) §§ 3.2, 25.”.—(For paragraphs cf. Les enseignements architecturaux de l'Ajitāgama et du Rauravāgama by Bruno Dagens)

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Vastushastra (वास्तुशास्त्र, vāstuśāstra) refers to the ancient Indian science (shastra) of architecture (vastu), dealing with topics such architecture, sculpture, town-building, fort building and various other constructions. Vastu also deals with the philosophy of the architectural relation with the cosmic universe.

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General definition (in Hinduism)

Source: Vedic index of Names and Subjects

1) Veśa (वेश) is a term of somewhat doubtful sense, apparently denoting ‘vassal’, ‘tenant’, in a few passages, and, according to Roth, ‘dependent neighbour’.

2) Veśa may be a proper name in two passages of the Rigveda;1 if so, it is quite uncertain whether a demon is meant or not. Veśantā, Veśantī, Veśāntā, all denote a ‘pond’ or ‘tank’. Cf. Vaiśanta.

Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

Source: BuddhaSasana: Concise Pali-English Dictionary

vesa : (m.) appearance; dress.

Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Vesa, (cp. Sk. veṣa, fr. viṣ to be active) dress, apparel; (more frequently: ) disguise, (assumed) appearance J. I, 146 (pakati° usual dress), 230 (āyuttaka°); III, 418 (andha°); Miln. 12; DhA. II, 4; PvA. 62, 93 (ummattaka°), 161 (tunnavāya°); Sdhp. 384; purisa° (of women) DA. I, 147. (Page 650)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Marathi-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary

vēśa (वेश).—& vēśadhārī S See vēṣa & vēṣadhārī.

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vēṣa (वेष).—m (S) Dress, garb, habit. 2 A fashion or manner of dress, a costume. 3 A disguise or guise.

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vēsa (वेस).—f A gate of a village. 2 (Because it used to be enforced by closing the gates.) Payment of the Government-revenue. 3 A gate or door of a yard or other enclosure. vēśīsa or vēśīṃ bāndhaṇēṃ To proclaim aloud; to publish abroad. Pr. dukhaṇēṃ vēśīsa bāndhaṇēṃ.

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

vēṣa (वेष).—m Dress, garb. A disguise.

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vēsa (वेस).—f A village-gate. vēśīsa bāndhaṇēṃ Publish abroad.

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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 dictionary

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Veśa (वेश).—[viś-ghañ]

1) Entrance.

2) Ingress, access.

3) A house, dwelling; न वेशमाचक्रमुरस्य नीत्या (na veśamācakramurasya nītyā) Bu. Ch. 1.3.

4) A house or residence of prostitutes; तरुणजन- सहायश्चिन्त्यतां वेशवासः (taruṇajana- sahāyaścintyatāṃ veśavāsaḥ) Mk.1.31.

5) Dress, apparel (also written veṣa in this sense); मृगयावेषधारी (mṛgayāveṣadhārī); विनीतवेषेण (vinītaveṣeṇa) Ś.1; कृतवेशे केशवे (kṛtaveśe keśave) Gīt.11.

6) Disguise.

7) Hire, wages.

3) Thr prostitute-class (veśyājana); Mb.5.196.26; Dk.2.6.

9) The wages of prostitutes; वेशेनैव च जीवताम् (veśenaiva ca jīvatām) (na pratigṛhṇī- yāt) Ms.4.84.

Derivable forms: veśaḥ (वेशः).

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Veṣa (वेष).—See बेश (beśa).

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

Veśa (वेश).—m.

(-śaḥ) 1. Dress, decoration. 2. Disguise, masquerade. 3. The abode of harlots. 4. Any house. 5. Entrance, ingress. E. viś to enter, (liter. or fig., as to enter or occupy the mind,) aff. ghañ .

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Veṣa (वेष).—m.

(-ṣaḥ) Ornament, dress, decoration. E. viṣ to invest, aff. ac or ghañ .

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Benfey Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Veśa (वेश).—m. 1. i. e. viś + a. 1. Entrance. 2. A house. 3. A house of prostitutes, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 84; [Daśakumāracarita] in Chr. 193, 13. Ii. also veṣa veṣa. 1. Dress, apparel, [Mānavadharmaśāstra] 4, 18, and 200 (); [Pañcatantra] 129, 17 (). 2. Ornament, decoration. 3. Disguise.

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Veṣa (वेष).—see veśa.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Cappeller Sanskrit-English Dictionary

Veśa (वेश).—1. [masculine] settler, neighbour; dwelling, tent, house, [especially] brothel.

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Veśa (वेश).—2. v. 1 veṣa.

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Veṣa (वेष).—1. [masculine] work, activity, attendance; dress, external appearance.

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Veṣa (वेष).—2. [adjective] working, active.

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary

1) Veśa (वेश):—m. (√1. viś) ‘a settler’, small farmer, tenant, neighbour, dependent, vassal, [Ṛg-veda; Kāṭhaka] (once in [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā] veśa)

2) entrance, ingress, [Horace H. Wilson]

3) a tent (See vastra-v)

4) a house, dwelling (cf. veśavāṭa), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

5) prostitution or a house of ill fame, brothel, [Manu-smṛti; Daśakumāra-carita; Kathāsaritsāgara]

6) the behaviour of a courtezan, [Kathāsaritsāgara]

7) trade, business (to explain vaiśya), [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

8) the son of a Vaiśya and an Ugrī, [cf. Lexicographers, esp. such as amarasiṃha, halāyudha, hemacandra, etc.]

9) often [wrong reading] for veṣa. ([For cognate words See under √1. viś.])

10) Veṣa (वेष):—m. (ifc. f(ā or ī). cf. bhūta-veṣī; [from] √viṣ) work, activity, management, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā; Kauśika-sūtra; Kātyāyana-śrauta-sūtra]

11) dress, apparel, ornament, artificial exterior, assumed appearance (often also = look, exterior, appearance in general), [Manu-smṛti; Mahābhārata] etc. ([accusative] with √kṛ or ā-√sthā, ‘to assume a dress’, with √gam or vi-√dhā, ‘to assume an appearance’; with ā-cchādya, ‘concealing one’s appearance’, ‘disguising one’s self’; pracchanna-veṣeṇa idem)

12) often [wrong reading] for veśa

13) mfn. working, active, busy, [Vājasaneyi-saṃhitā] (cf. prātar-v).

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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 (even English!). 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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