noun Anthropology.

a generalized, supernatural force or power, which may be concentrated in objects or persons.

Origin of mana

Borrowed into English from Polynesian around 1835–45





or Man·a, Min·ni



an ancient kingdom in Iran, in Kurdistan. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of mana

  • Melissa Cheyney, chief author of the pro-home-birth MANA study, calls the Cornell methodology “misleading.”

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    The Home-Birth Rebellion

    Brandy Zadrozny

    February 7, 2014

Historical Examples of mana

British Dictionary definitions for mana


noun anthropol

(in Polynesia, Melanesia, etc) a concept of a life force, believed to be seated in the head, and associated with high social status and ritual power
any power achieved by ritual means; prestige; authority

Word Origin for mana

from Polynesian
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Word Origin and History for mana

"power, authority, supernatural power," 1843, from Maori, "power, authority, supernatural power."

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