maya
Noun

maya (uncountable)

  1. (Hindu mythology) Magic; supernatural power as held by the gods.
  2. (Hinduism, Buddhism) The power by which the universe is made to appear; the illusion of the phenomenal world, as opposed to its true or spiritual reality.
    • 2016, Sunil Khilnani, Incarnations, Penguin 2017, p. 58:
      Shankara prescribed meditative reflection, through which each individual could pierce the veil of maya and come to recognize the identity between his or her essence and the universal spirit.

Maya
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /ˈmaɪə/
Proper noun
  1. a flourishing Mesoamerican civilization that existed in and around Guatemala from the 3rd century to the 9th century.
  2. various Mesoamerican peoples that continued in competing civilizations from the 10th century onward until conquered by Spain
  3. various Mesoamerican peoples living in the Spanish Empire, and now parts of Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras
  4. a variety of Mesoamerican peoples with farming from around 1000 BC onward, who developed a large civilization from the 3rd century onward
  5. the Yucatec Maya language
  6. any of the other various Mayan languages, such as Quiché, Mam and Tzotzil
Translations
  • Russian: ма́йя
Translations
  • Portuguese: maia, iucateque
  • Russian: ма́йя
  • Spanish: maya
Noun

maya (plural mayas)

  1. A member or descendant of these people.
Translations
  • German: Maja, Maya
  • Russian: ма́йя
  • Spanish: maya
Proper noun
  1. A female given name of modern usage.
    • 1988 Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington, Picasso, Creator and Destroyer, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0671454463, page 240
      When her little friends asked her what her name was, her father replied that it was Conchita - his diminutive for Maria de la Concepción. "Con-what?" they would ask again, aware, apparently, that con in French is a fool, an idiot. So her parents started calling her Maria, which from the little girl's lips soon began to sound like Maya. "Maya!" exclaimed her father. "It's perfect. It means the greatest illusion on earth." So Maya it was from then on - Maya Walter.
Translations
  • Russian: Ма́йя
Proper noun
  1. In Sanskrit, illusion; God's physical and metaphysical creation (literally, "not this").
  2. A female given name used in India.
    • 1993 Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy, Phoenix House, ISBN 1897580207, page 891
      Eventually, Pran and Savita decided by correspondence on Maya. Its two simple syllables meant, among other things: the goddess Lakshmi, illusion, fascination, art, the goddess Durga, kindness, and the name of the mother of Buddha. It also meant: ignorance, delusion, fraud, guile, and hypocrisy; but no one who named their daughter Maya ever paid any attention to those pejorative possibilities.
      - - - 'Why ever not, Ma?' said Meenakshi.'It's a very Bengali name, a very nice name.'
Proper noun
  1. (Buddhism) mother of Gautama Buddha



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