plural -s
: a sannyasi of the highest level of spiritual development in which union with ultimate reality is attained

Word History


Sanskrit paramahaṁsa, from parama remotest, highest, best (superlative of parā away, off) + haṁsa swan, goose; akin to Sanskrit pra- before, forward

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

Dictionary Entries Near paramahamsa

Cite this Entry

“Paramahamsa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2023.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!