[ shah-muhn, shey-, sham-uhn ]
/ ˈʃɑ mən, ˈʃeɪ-, ˈʃæm ən /
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(especially among certain tribal peoples) a person who acts as intermediary between the natural and supernatural worlds, using magic to cure illness, foretell the future, control spiritual forces, etc.
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Origin of shaman
1690–1700; <German Schamane<Russian shamán, probably <Evenki šamān, samān
OTHER WORDS FROM shamansha·man·ic [shuh-man-ik], /ʃəˈmæn ɪk/, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for shaman
Others are Shamanists, and their most sacred spot is the Shamanic stone at the mouth of the river Angar.
British Dictionary definitions for shaman
/ (ˈʃæmən) /
a priest of shamanism
a medicine man of a similar religion, esp among certain tribes of North American Indians
Derived forms of shamanshamanic (ʃəˈmænɪk), adjective
Word Origin for shaman
C17: from Russian shaman, from Tungusian ̆saman, from Pali samana Buddhist monk, ultimately from Sanskrit śrama religious exercise
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