Group of vernacular Middle Indo-Aryan languages of the 3rd century BCE – 8th century CE

Most native prākrit grammarians identify prākṛta to be named so because they originate in the source language (prakṛti)

The languages that have been labeled "Prakrit" in modern times include the following:

Dramatic Prakrits were those that were used in dramas and other literature. Whenever dialogue was written in a Prakrit, the reader would also be provided with a Sanskrit translation.