Brah·​man | \ˈbrä-mən; sense 2 is ˈbrā-, ˈbrä-, ˈbra-\
variants: or Brahmin

Definition of Brahman 

1a : a Hindu of the highest caste traditionally assigned to the priesthood

b : brahma entry 1 sense 2

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 U.S. from the zebu and now used chiefly for crossbreeding

3 usually Brahmin : a person of high social standing and cultivated intellect and taste Boston Brahmans

Other Words from Brahman

Brahmanic \brä-​ˈma-​nik \ or Brahmanical \brä-​ˈma-​ni-​kəl \ adjective

First Known Use of Brahman

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for Brahman

Middle English Bragman inhabitant of India, from Latin Bracmanus, from Greek Brachman, from Sanskrit brāhmaṇa of the Brahman caste, from brahman Brahman

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English Language Learners Definition of Brahman

: a member of the highest priestly class of Hindu society

: an educated person who belongs to a high social class

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