noun, often capitalized
Pu·​ra·​na | \ pu̇-ˈrä-nə How to pronounce Purana (audio) \

Definition of Purana

: one of a class of Hindu sacred writings chiefly from a.d. 300 to a.d. 750 comprising popular myths and legends and other traditional lore

Other Words from Purana

Puranic \ pu̇-​ˈrä-​nik How to pronounce Puranic (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of Purana

1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Purana

Sanskrit purāṇa, from purāṇa ancient, from purā formerly; akin to Sanskrit pura before, Greek para beside, pro before — more at for

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“Purana.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Purana. Accessed 4 Dec. 2020.

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