From the Avestan verbal root 𐬫𐬀𐬰 (yaz-, “to worship, to honor, to venerate”). The original nominative form is 𐬫𐬀𐬰𐬀𐬙𐬋 (yazatō), pl. 𐬫𐬀𐬰𐬀𐬙𐬂𐬢𐬵𐬋 (yazatåŋhō), reflecting Proto-Iranian *yazatah and pl. *yazatāhah.
From the same root comes Avestan 𐬫𐬀𐬯𐬥𐬀 (yasna, “worship, sacrifice, prayer, veneration”). A yazata is accordingly "a being worthy of worship" or "a holy being." The word is etymologically related to Sanskrit यजति (yájati, “he worships, he sacrifices”), यजत (yajatá-, “worthy of worship, holy”), यजञ (yajñá, “sacrifice”), and is perhaps also related to Ancient Greek ἅγιος (hagios, “devoted to the gods, sacred, holy.”).
- Hyphenation: ya‧za‧ta
yazata (plural yazatas)