[ poo-rah-nuh ]
/ pʊˈrɑ nə /


any of 18 collections of Hindu legends and religious instructions.

Origin of Purana

1690–1700; < Sanskrit: of old
Related formsPu·ra·nic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for purana


/ (pʊˈrɑːnə) /


any of a class of Sanskrit writings not included in the Vedas, characteristically recounting the birth and deeds of Hindu gods and the creation, destruction, or recreation of the universe
Derived FormsPuranic, adjective

Word Origin for Purana

C17: from Sanskrit: ancient, from purā formerly
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Word Origin and History for purana


ancient Sanskrit writings of a legendary character, 1690s, from Sanskrit puranah, literally "ancient, former," from pura "formerly, before," cognate with Greek paros "before," pro "before," Avestan paro "before," Old English fore, from PIE *pre-, from root *per- (1) "forward, through" (see per). Related: Puranic.

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