[man-uh s, muhn-]

noun Hinduism, Buddhism.

the rational faculty of the mind.

Origin of manas

< Sanskrit: mind
Related formsma·nas·ic [muh-nas-ik] /məˈnæs ɪk/, adjective



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

Examples from the Web for manas

Contemporary Examples of manas

  • Most locals think that the U.S. is looking for a back-up option to Manas in Kyrgyzstan, and that may well be the case.

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    The Afghanistan-Kyrgyzstan Connection

    Thomas Goltz

    June 19, 2010

  • Opposition leaders have long said they would eject Western forces from the base at Manas, as Russia desires.

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    Russia's New Push for Power

    Judith Miller, Doug Schoen

    April 19, 2010

Historical Examples of manas

British Dictionary definitions for manas


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 manas



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

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