Origin of Brahman1
1475–85; < Sanskrit brāhmaṇa (for def 1), brahman (for def 2)
[brey-muh n, brah-]
- any of several breeds of Indian cattle, especially a grayish, heat-resistant American breed raised chiefly in the Gulf States.
Origin of Brahman2
1935–40; special use of Brahman priest
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Examples from the Web for brahman
At a rest-house by the way I noticed a Brahman, and went to see if he would listen.Things as They Are
The Brahman, still more sad, asked the Road to give him its opinion.
Little is said of earning a living; the Brahman is not to be worldly, but he is to be independent if he can.
The law of Manu hinges on the superiority of the Brahman over the other castes.
King of the Sakyas, you forget yourself, I am a Brahman and of noble birth.The Buddha
- Also called (esp formerly): Brahmin (sometimes not capital) a member of the highest or priestly caste in the Hindu caste system
- Hinduism the ultimate and impersonal divine reality of the universe, from which all being originates and to which it returns
- another name for Brahma 1
C14: from Sanskrit brāhmana, from brahman prayer
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Word Origin and History for brahman
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