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maya

1

[ mah-yah, -yuh ]

noun

, Hinduism.
  1. the power, as of a god, to produce illusions.
  2. the production of an illusion.
  3. (in Vedantic philosophy) the illusion of the reality of sensory experience and of the experienced qualities and attributes of oneself.
  4. (initial capital letter) Also called Mahamaya. a goddess personifying the power that creates phenomena.


Maya

2

[ mah-yuh ]

noun

, plural Ma·yas, (especially collectively) Ma·ya.
  1. a member of a major pre-Columbian civilization of the Yucatán Peninsula that reached its peak in the 9th century a.d. and produced magnificent ceremonial cities with pyramids, a sophisticated mathematical and calendar system, hieroglyphic writing, and fine sculpture, painting, and ceramics.
  2. a member of a modern Indigenous people of southern Mexico, Guatemala, and parts of Honduras who are the descendants of this ancient civilization.
  3. any of the Mayan languages; the historical and modern languages of the Maya.

adjective

maya

1

/ ˈmɑːjə; ˈmaɪə; ˈmɑːjɑː /

noun

  1. Hinduism illusion, esp the material world of the senses regarded as illusory


Maya

2

/ ˈmɑːjə; ˈmɑːjɑː; ˈmaɪə /

noun

  1. the Hindu goddess of illusion, the personification of the idea that the material world is illusory

Maya

3

/ ˈmaɪə /

noun

  1. Also calledMayan -ya-yas a member of an American Indian people of Yucatan, Belize, and N Guatemala, having an ancient culture once characterized by outstanding achievements in architecture, astronomy, chronology, painting, and pottery
  2. See Mayan
    the language of this people See also Mayan

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Derived Forms

  • ˈmayan, adjective
  • ˈMayan, adjective

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Other Words From

  • mayan adjective

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Word History and Origins

Origin of maya1

Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1815–25

Origin of maya2

First recorded in 1810–20; from Spanish, from Yucatec Maya mayab “flat,” a self-designation

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Word History and Origins

Origin of maya1

C19: from Sanskrit

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Example Sentences

Maya's second husband passed away a few years back, so Geoff often helps her out with minor repairs in her house.

Three days before Maya was scheduled to meet with school district officials to discuss the findings and her daughter’s eligibility for an IEP, her children’s Bay Area public school shuttered in response to the pandemic.

In late January, Maya requested that her daughter be evaluated for an IEP.

Maya and Beena helped people watching the event share their stories too.

Since most stars in the galaxy are much older than the sun, the absence of signals so far suggests that most communicating civilizations have already come and gone, like the Maya and Myceneans.

The day we shot that scene, it was her first day on set and Maya Angelou had died that morning.

The ancient Maya believed that the underworld of caves was home to gods that controlled rainfall and harvest bounties.

On death row in Sudan last week, Meriam Ibrahim gave birth to a girl, whom she named Maya.

We have Maya Rudolph, rather than, say, Tina Fey, headlining an attempt to revive the television variety show.

Out of deep injury, Maya Angelou had a way of finding universal hope.

It certainly seems clear that he took the son of Maya, rather than the child of Mary, as his exemplar.

It reminds us that the followers of Maya's son and Mary's alike lapsed into paganism, and almost by the same stages.

The Votanic institutions can only be known by the traces they may be supposed to have left in those of the later Maya nations.

Much of our knowledge respecting the original Maya empire is drawn from the traditions of a rival power.

There is no reason to suppose it in any way connected with Maya.

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