Purana definition

po͝o-ränə
Any of a class of Sanskrit encyclopedic texts containing cosmogonic histories, legends of gods and heroes, and other traditional material.
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Any of a group of 18 Hindu epics dealing with creation, the gods, genealogy, etc. in fables, legends, and tales.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
purana
Plural:
puranas

Origin of purana

  • Sanskrit purāṇam from neut. of purāṇa- old, prehistoric from purā of old, formerly per1 in Indo-European roots

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