- the supreme and eternal essence or spirit of the universe in Hinduism
- a member of the Hindu priestly caste, the highest of the castes
- a breed of domestic cattle developed from the zebu of India and having a large hump over the shoulders: it is well adapted to hot climates, as of the South and Southwest, and is used in crossbreeding for beef cattle
Origin of BrahmanHindi ; from Sanskrit br?hmana ; from brahman, worship, prayer
- also Brah·ma Hinduism a. A religious formula or prayer and the holy or sacred power in it and in the officiating priest.b. The holy or sacred power that is the source and sustainer of the universe.c. The single absolute being pervading the universe and found within the individual; Atman.
- also Brahmin A member of the highest of the four major castes of traditional Indian society, responsible for officiating at religious rites and studying and teaching the Vedas.
- also Brah·ma or Brah·min Any of a breed of beef cattle developed in the southern United States from stock originating in India and having a hump between the shoulders and a pendulous dewlap. They can tolerate heat and are often used for crossbreeding.
also Brahmin Of or relating to the caste of Brahmans.
Origin of BrahmanSanskrit brahma, brahma&nlowdot;-. Senses 2 and 3, from Sanskrit brahma&nlowdot;a-, Brahmanic, from brahma, brahma&nlowdot;-, Brahman; see Brahma1.
- Brah·man′ic , Brah·man′i·cal