Brah·​man | \ ˈbrä-mən How to pronounce Brahman (audio) ; sense 2 is ˈbrā-, ˈbrä-, ˈbra- \
variants: or Brahmin

Definition of Brahman

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

Other Words from Brahman

Brahmanic \ brä-​ˈma-​nik How to pronounce Brahman (audio) \ or Brahmanical \ brä-​ˈma-​ni-​kəl How to pronounce Brahman (audio) \ 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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“Brahman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Brahman

: a member of the highest priestly class of Hindu society
US, old-fashioned : an educated person who belongs to a high social class

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