Brahman

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

Brahmin

play \ˈbrä-mən; sense 2 is ˈbrā-, ˈbrä-, ˈbra-\

Definition of Brahman

  1. 1a :  a Hindu of the highest caste traditionally assigned to the priesthoodb :  1brahma 2

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

Brahmanic

play \brä-ˈma-nik\ or

Brahmanical

play \-ni-kəl\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of brahman

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


BRAHMAN Defined for English Language Learners

Brahman

noun

Definition of Brahman for English Language Learners

  • : a member of the highest priestly class of Hindu society

  • : an educated person who belongs to a high social class


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