noun sha·man \ˈshä-mən, ˈshā- also shə-ˈmän\

: someone who is believed in some cultures to be able to use magic to cure people who are sick, to control future events, etc.

plural shamans

Full Definition of SHAMAN

:  a priest or priestess who uses magic for the purpose of curing the sick, divining the hidden, and controlling events
:  one who resembles a shaman; especially :  high priest 3
sha·man·ic \shə-ˈma-nik, -ˈmä-\ adjective

Origin of SHAMAN

ultimately from Evenki (Tungusic language of Siberia) šamān
First Known Use: 1698

Other Religion (Eastern and Other) Terms

Zen, antinomian, avatar, gnosticism, illuminati, ineffable, karma, koan, mantra

Rhymes with SHAMAN


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