[ brah-muhn ]

noun,plural Brah·mans.Hinduism.
  1. Also Brahmin. a member of the highest, or priestly, class among the Hindus.: Compare Kshatriya, Shudra, Vaisya.

  2. 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

First recorded in 1475–85; from Sanskrit brāhmaṇa (for def. 1), brahman (for def. 2)

Other words from Brahman

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

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Other definitions for Brahman (2 of 2)

[ brey-muhn, brah- ]

  1. 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. 2023

How to use Brahman in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Brahman


/ (ˈbrɑːmən) /

nounplural -mans
  1. Also called (esp formerly): Brahmin (sometimes not capital) a member of the highest or priestly caste in the Hindu caste system

  2. Hinduism the ultimate and impersonal divine reality of the universe, from which all being originates and to which it returns

  1. another name for Brahma 1

Origin of Brahman

C14: from Sanskrit brāhmana, from brahman prayer

Derived forms of Brahman

  • Brahmanic (brɑːˈmænɪk) or Brahmanical, adjective

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