sha·​man ˈshä-mən How to pronounce shaman (audio)
 also  shə-ˈmän
plural shamans
: a priest or priestess who uses magic for the purpose of curing the sick, divining the hidden, and controlling events
: one who resembles a shaman
especially : high priest sense 3
shə-ˈma-nik How to pronounce shaman (audio)

Examples of shaman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Every old hippie, astrologist, shaman, and yogi already knows this: Everything is connected. Frederick Kaufman, Harper's Magazine, 22 Apr. 2024 But these encounters with a Yaqui shaman were fabricated, and his body of work, originating from his anthropology thesis at UCLA, was discredited and has been extensively debunked. Longreads, 21 June 2024 Heads up:This ‘Boy Meets World’ star credits shaman elixir for her pregnancy at 54. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 20 June 2024 Inside was the shaman, Amarjargal, a woman in her 50s. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for shaman 

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Word History


ultimately from Evenki (Tungusic language of Siberia) šamān

First Known Use

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of shaman was in 1698

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“Shaman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jul. 2024.

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