[ poo-rah-nuh ]
/ pʊˈrɑ nə /


any of 18 collections of Hindu legends and religious instructions.

Origin of Purana

1690–1700; < Sanskrit: of old

Related forms

Pu·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 Forms

Puranic, adjective

Word Origin for Purana

C17: from Sanskrit: ancient, from purā formerly
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