[ brah-muh n ]
/ ˈbrɑ mən /

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)


Brah·man·ic [brah-man-ik] /brɑˈmæn ɪk/, Brah·man·i·cal, adjectivenon-Brah·man·ic, adjectivenon-Brah·man·i·cal, adjective

Definition for brahman (2 of 2)

[ brey-muh n, brah- ]
/ ˈbreɪ mən, ˈbrɑ- /


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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for brahman

/ (ˈbrɑːmən) /

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 forms of Brahman

Brahmanic (brɑːˈmænɪk) or Brahmanical, adjective

Word Origin for Brahman

C14: from Sanskrit brāhmana, from brahman prayer
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