- The definition of a pagan is a person who worships many gods or who worships nature and the Earth.
An example of a pagan is someone who celebrates the winter solstice as a religious holiday.
- a person who is not a Christian, Muslim, or Jew; heathen: formerly, sometimes applied specif. to a non-Christian by Christians
- a person who has no religion
- a person who worships nature or the earth, specif., one who practices a form of worship in imitation of any of various religions that historically preceded Christianity
Origin of paganMiddle English ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin paganus, a heathen, pagan (contrasted with Christian or Jew) ; from Classical Latin a peasant, rustic ; from pagus, country ; from Indo-European base an unverified form pak-, to join, enclose, fasten from source fang, Classical Latin pax
- of pagans or paganism; not Christian, Muslim, or Jewish
- not religious; heathen
- An adherent of a polytheistic religion in antiquity, especially when viewed in contrast to an adherent of a monotheistic religion.
- A Neopagan.
- Offensive a. One who has no religion.b. An adherent of a religion other than Judaism, Christianity, or Islam.
- A hedonist.
Origin of paganMiddle English, from Late Latin pāgānus, from Latin, country-dweller, civilian, from pāgus, country, rural district; see pag- in Indo-European roots.
- (religion): Abrahamist, Judeo-Christian
- A person not adhering to any major or recognized religion, especially a heathen or non-Abrahamist, follower of a pantheistic or nature-worshipping religion, neopagan.
- This community has a surprising number of pagans.
- (by extension) An uncivilized or unsocialized person
- Especially an unruly, badly educated child.
Recorded in English since c1375. From Latin pāgānus (“rural, rustic”), later "civilian". The meaning "not (Judeo-)Christian" arose in Vulgar Latin, probably from the 4th century. It is unclear whether this usage is derived primarily from the "rustic" or from the "civilian" meaning, which in Roman army jargon meant 'clumsy'. As a self-designation of neopagans attested since 1990.
- A male given name.
From Latin pāgānus (“rustic, rural”)
- Pertaining to the city or kingdom of Pagan.
From Burmese ပုဂံ (pu.gam)