Brah·​man ˈbrä-mən How to pronounce Brahman (audio)
 sense 2 is  ˈbrā-,
variants or Brahmin
: a Hindu of the highest caste traditionally assigned to the priesthood
: 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
usually Brahmin : a person of high social standing and cultivated intellect and taste
Boston Brahmins
Brahmanic adjective
or Brahmanical

Examples of Brahman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In an English castle, Lady Selwyn, an eccentric, rich widow with a passion for South Asian art carries on a clandestine affair with her personal secretary, a Brahmin who served as aide de camp in Mysore to her late husband. Heller McAlpin, The Christian Science Monitor, 13 June 2023 Chaudhary is a Brahman, from the Upper Caste categories, and expressed a degree of skepticism about the whole process. Karishma Mehrotra, Washington Post, 7 May 2023 The helicopter swung down to a cluster of Brahman cattle, hovering close enough for the dawn sun to be seen in their eyes. Damien Cave George Steinmetz, New York Times, 3 Nov. 2022 In the clustering spreadsheet Zack found that my parents aligned with a Brahmin from trans-Himalaya India and some Indians from Singapore, all notable for clear East Asian ancestry. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 1 Feb. 2012

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of Brahman was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Brahman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants or Brahmin
: a member of the highest priestly class of Hindu society
: a large silvery gray ox that is resistant to heat and was developed in the U.S. from the zebu

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