shaman

noun
sha·​man | \ ˈshä-mən How to pronounce shaman (audio) , ˈshā- also shə-ˈmän \
plural shamans

Definition of shaman

1 : a priest or priestess who uses magic for the purpose of curing the sick, divining the hidden, and controlling events
2 : one who resembles a shaman especially : high priest sense 3

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Other Words from shaman

shamanic \ shə-​ˈma-​nik How to pronounce shamanic (audio) , -​ˈmä-​ \ adjective

Examples of shaman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Blaney and Basola had just finished looking into what turned out to be a false-alarm Finn sighting when Ghazi texted her about the good news from his shaman. Ellen Mccarthy, Washington Post, "Her dog went missing in the middle of the pandemic — and a neighborhood of strangers found a mission," 23 June 2020 The interred are as varied and colorful as Anchorage’s history, from a Civil War veteran to a shaman with weather powers, from pandemic victims to mayors, and from a governor to an exotic dancer. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "From Wally Hickel to Miss Wiggles, the storied history of Anchorage’s first cemetery," 22 June 2020 Where did the inspiration for the shaman come from? Alamin Yohannes, EW.com, "Sam Lansky on queer storytelling and moving into fiction with Broken People," 8 June 2020 For mothers with all their hats -- requisition and inventory officer, accountant, staff sergeant, teacher, coach, shrink, healer, chaplain, chef, dishwasher, shaman, farmer, artist, employee and boss. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, "Why this Mother’s Day is different," 10 May 2020 Keep a particular eye out for Billie Lourd, ridiculously great as an out-there, drug-toting shaman of a wealthy classmate. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch on Hulu while social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic," 3 Apr. 2020 Chacho, a shaman, had died in July, and tonight was the culmination of the Tanoing festival commemorating her death. Scientific American, "How Disaster Aid Ravaged an Island People," 25 Mar. 2020 At one point in this tonally jolting play, now receiving its world premiere from Signature Theatre, the character watches a video by a goddess-movement shaman. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "‘Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes’ veers jarringly from comedy to darkness," 1 Mar. 2020 Remember when that other shaman was trying to steal his powers, and Tiuri essentially conjured a protective bubble around himself? Jean Bentley, refinery29.com, "The Letter for the King," 20 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of shaman

1698, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for shaman

ultimately from Evenki (Tungusic language of Siberia) šamān

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The first known use of shaman was in 1698

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6 Jul 2020

Cite this Entry

“Shaman.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/shaman. Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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shaman

noun
How to pronounce shaman (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of shaman

: someone who is believed in some cultures to be able to use magic to cure people who are sick, to control future events, etc.

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