shaman

noun sha·man \ ˈshä-mən , ˈshā- also shə-ˈmän \
Updated on: 21 Nov 2017

Definition of shaman

plural shamans
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 3

shamanic

play \shə-ˈma-nik, -ˈmä-\ adjective

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Origin and Etymology of shaman

ultimately from Evenki (Tungusic language of Siberia) šamān

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SHAMAN Defined for English Language Learners

shaman

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Definition of shaman for English Language Learners

  • : 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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