deva

[ dey-vuh ]
/ ˈdeɪ və /
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noun

Hinduism, Buddhism. a god or divinity.
Zoroastrianism. one of an order of evil spirits.

Nearby words

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  2. deutzia,
  3. deux-sèvres,
  4. dev,
  5. dev.,
  6. devaluate,
  7. devaluation,
  8. devaluationist,
  9. devalue,
  10. devanagari

Origin of deva

From Sanskrit

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British Dictionary definitions for deva

deva

/ (ˈdeɪvə) /

noun

(in Hinduism and Buddhism) a divine being or god

Word Origin for deva

C19: from Sanskrit: god

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Word Origin and History for deva

deva

n.

"god, good spirit" in Hindu religion, from Sanskrit deva "a god," originally "a shining one," from *div- "to shine," thus cognate with Greek dios "divine" and Zeus, and Latin deus "god" (Old Latin deivos); see Zeus.

Fem. form devi is used for "goddess," also (with capital D-) for the mother goddess in Hinduism. Hence, also, devadasi "temple dancing girl," literally "female servant of a god," from dasi "slave girl." Also Devanagari, the formal alphabet of Sanskrit writings, perhaps originally "divine city script," from nagara "city."

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