maya

noun (1)
ma·​ya | \ ˈmä-yə How to pronounce maya (audio) , ˈmī-ə\

Definition of maya

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the sense-world of manifold phenomena held in Vedanta to conceal the unity of absolute being broadly : illusion

Maya

noun (2)
Ma·​ya | \ ˈmī-ə How to pronounce Maya (audio) \
plural Maya or Mayas

Definition of Maya (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a Mayan language of the ancient Maya peoples recorded in inscriptions
b : yucatec especially : the older form of that language known from documents of the Spanish period
2 : a member of a group of Indian peoples chiefly of Yucatán, Belize, and Guatemala whose languages are Mayan

First Known Use of maya

Noun (1)

1788, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for maya

Noun (1)

Sanskrit māyā

Noun (2)

Spanish

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Maya

noun

English Language Learners Definition of Maya

: a member of a group of people living mostly in southern Mexico and Guatemala

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