noun \ˈbrä-mən; 2 is ˈbrā-, ˈbrä-, ˈbra-\

: a member of the highest priestly class of Hindu society

: an educated person who belongs to a high social class

Full Definition of BRAHMAN

a :  a Hindu of the highest caste traditionally assigned to the priesthood
b :  1brahma 2
:  any of an Indian breed of humped cattle :  zebu; especially :  a large vigorous heat- and tick-resistant usually silvery-gray animal developed in the southern United States from the zebu and now used chiefly for crossbreeding
usually Brahmin :  a person of high social standing and cultivated intellect and taste <Boston Brahmans>
Brah·man·ic \brä-ˈma-nik\ or Brah·man·i·cal \-ni-kəl\ adjective

Variants of BRAHMAN

Brah·man or Brah·min \ˈbrä-mən; 2 is ˈbrā-, ˈbrä-, ˈbra-\

Examples of BRAHMAN

  1. She was the daughter of a Boston Brahmin.

Origin of BRAHMAN

Middle English Bragman inhabitant of India, from Latin Bracmanus, from Greek Brachman, from Sanskrit brāhmaṇa of the Brahman caste, from brahman Brahman
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with BRAHMAN


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