shaman

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noun sha·man \ˈshä-mən, ˈshā- also shə-ˈmän\

Definition of shaman

plural

shamans

  1. 1 :  a priest or priestess who uses magic for the purpose of curing the sick, divining the hidden, and controlling events

  2. 2 :  one who resembles a shaman; especially :  high priest 3

shamanic

play \shə-ˈma-nik, -ˈmä-\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of shaman

ultimately from Evenki (Tungusic language of Siberia) šamān


First Known Use: 1698

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SHAMAN Defined for English Language Learners

shaman

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noun sha·man \ˈshä-mən, ˈshā- also shə-ˈmän\

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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