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Brahman

[brah-muh n] /ˈbrɑ mən/
noun, plural Brahmans. Hinduism.
1.
Also, Brahmin. a member of the highest, or priestly, class among the Hindus.
Compare Kshatriya, Shudra, Vaisya.
2.
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
1475-1485
1475-85; < Sanskrit brāhmaṇa (def 1), brahman (def 2)
Related forms
Brahmanic
[brah-man-ik] /brɑˈmæn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
Brahmanical, adjective
non-Brahmanic, adjective
non-Brahmanical, adjective

Brahman

[brey-muh n, brah-] /ˈbreɪ mən, ˈbrɑ-/
noun
1.
any of several breeds of Indian cattle, especially a grayish, heat-resistant American breed raised chiefly in the Gulf States.
Origin
1935-40; special use of Brahman priest
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Examples for Brahman
  • Atman is the soul, the individualized unit of consciousness emanating from Brahman.
British Dictionary definitions for Brahman

Brahman

/ˈbrɑːmən/
noun (pl) -mans
1.
(sometimes not capital) Also called (esp formerly) Brahmin. a member of the highest or priestly caste in the Hindu caste system
2.
(Hinduism) the ultimate and impersonal divine reality of the universe, from which all being originates and to which it returns
3.
another name for Brahma1
Derived Forms
Brahmanic (brɑːˈmænɪk), Brahmanical, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Sanskrit brāhmana, from brahman prayer
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Word Origin and History for Brahman
Brahman
see brahmin.
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