[brah-muh n]

noun, plural Brah·mans. Hinduism.

Also Brahmin. a member of the highest, or priestly, class among the Hindus.Compare Kshatriya, Shudra, Vaisya.
Also Brahma. the impersonal supreme being, the primal source and ultimate goal of all beings, with which Atman, when enlightened, knows itself to be identical.

Origin of Brahman

1475–85; < Sanskrit brāhmaṇa (for def 1), brahman (for def 2)
Related formsBrah·man·ic [brah-man-ik] /brɑˈmæn ɪk/, Brah·man·i·cal, adjectivenon-Brah·man·ic, adjectivenon-Brah·man·i·cal, adjective


[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 Brahman

1935–40; special use of Brahman priest Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for brahman

Historical Examples of brahman

  • At a rest-house by the way I noticed a Brahman, and went to see if he would listen.

    Things as They Are

    Amy Wilson-Carmichael

  • 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.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • The law of Manu hinges on the superiority of the Brahman over the other castes.

    History of Religion

    Allan Menzies

  • King of the Sakyas, you forget yourself, I am a Brahman and of noble birth.

    The Buddha

    Paul Carus

British Dictionary definitions for brahman


noun plural -mans

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
Derived FormsBrahmanic (brɑːˈmænɪk) or Brahmanical, adjective

Word Origin for Brahman

C14: from Sanskrit brāhmana, from brahman prayer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for brahman


see brahmin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper