Maya definition

mäyə
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(hinduism) The power of a god or demon to transform a concept into an element of the sensible world.
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The Mayan language of this people.
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A member of an American Indian people found in Yucatán, Belize, and N Guatemala: the Maya had a highly developed civilization long before the arrival of Europeans early in the 16th cent.
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In Hinduism, Buddhism, and certain other East Asian religions, the transitory, manifold appearance of the sensible world, which obscures the undifferentiated spiritual reality from which it originates; the illusory appearance of the sensible world.
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Any of the Mayan languages, especially Quiché and Yucatec.
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A member of a Mesoamerican Indian people inhabiting southeast Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, whose civilization reached its height around ad 300–900. The Maya are noted for their architecture and city planning, their mathematics and calendar, and their hieroglyphic writing system.
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A modern-day descendant of this people.
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A member of a Mesoamerican civilization that existed in and around Guatemala in the 4th to 10th centuries.
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A descendant of these people.
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Any of the Mayan languages, such as Quiché and Yucatec.
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A female given name of modern usage.
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In Sanskrit, illusion; God's physical and metaphysical creation (literally, "not this").
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A female given name used in India.
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Of the Maya or their language or culture; Mayan.
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(hinduism) The goddess Devi, or Shakti, consort of Siva.
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In Hinduism and Indian philosophy, the illusory world of the senses.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
maya
Plural:
mayas

Origin of maya

  • Sanskrit māyā

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Spanish

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Maria, ultimately from Hebrew, and from Maia, from Latin.

    From Wiktionary

  • Self-designation of the Yucatec Mayas.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Wiktionary