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

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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 14 Jun. 2024.

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