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[brah-muh n] /ˈbrɑ mən/
noun, plural Brahmans. Hinduism.
Also, Brahmin. a member of the highest, or priestly, class among the Hindus.
Compare Kshatriya, Shudra, Vaisya.
Also, Brahma. the impersonal supreme being, the primal source and ultimate goal of all beings, with which Atman, when enlightened, knows itself to be identical.
Origin of Brahman
1475-85; < Sanskrit brāhmaṇa (def 1), brahman (def 2)
Related forms
[brah-man-ik] /brɑˈmæn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
Brahmanical, adjective
non-Brahmanic, adjective
non-Brahmanical, adjective


[brey-muh n, brah-] /ˈbreɪ mən, ˈbrɑ-/
any of several breeds of Indian cattle, especially a grayish, heat-resistant American breed raised chiefly in the Gulf States.
1935-40; special use of Brahman priest Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for Brahman
Historical Examples
  • A Brahman and a servant for carrying the sandal were sent with the Puri, and given their travelling expenses.

    Chaitanya's Life And Teachings Krishna das Kaviraja
  • At a rest-house by the way I noticed a Brahman, and went to see if he would listen.

    Things as They Are Amy Wilson-Carmichael
  • Now is the time,” answers the Brahman, “to recall if you have ever done good to any one, and if so to call him to your aid.

  • The Brahman, still more sad, asked the Road to give him its opinion.

  • And Brahman has been defined as that from which there proceed the origination, sustentation, and retractation of this world.

  • The law of Manu hinges on the superiority of the Brahman over the other castes.

    History of Religion Allan Menzies
  • The old woman went away crying with joy, and promising to worship the sun in the way the wood-fairies had instructed the Brahman.

    Deccan Nursery Tales Charles Augustus Kincaid
  • Little is said of earning a living; the Brahman is not to be worldly, but he is to be independent if he can.

    History of Religion Allan Menzies
  • He attempts to fix the idea of the world-soul or Brahman more clearly than had been done in earlier theories.

  • King of the Sakyas, you forget yourself, I am a Brahman and of noble birth.

    The Buddha Paul Carus
British Dictionary definitions for Brahman


noun (pl) -mans
(sometimes not capital) Also called (esp formerly) Brahmin. a member of the highest or priestly caste in the Hindu caste system
(Hinduism) the ultimate and impersonal divine reality of the universe, from which all being originates and to which it returns
another name for Brahma1
Derived Forms
Brahmanic (brɑːˈmænɪk), Brahmanical, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Sanskrit brāhmana, from brahman prayer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Brahman

see brahmin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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