from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hinduism The primordial father of the human race and sovereign of the earth who first instituted religious ceremonies and devised a code of laws.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A title accorded the progenitor of mankind, first king to rule this earth, who saves mankind from the universal flood.
- proper n. the progenitor of the Aryan root race, who are said to have originated in Atlantis.
- proper n. A male given name commonly used in India.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One of a series of progenitors of human beings, and authors of human wisdom.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Hindu mythology: A legendary being, son of Vivasvant (the sun), and progenitor of the human race, to whom is later ascribed the noted legal textbook called the Laws of Manu, or the Manavadharma-çastra.
- n. Later, also, one of a series of fourteen patriarchs or progenitors, presiding over successive periods or divisions of time, called manvantaras, each of 308,448,000 years.
Sanskrit Manuḥ, from manuḥ, man; see man-1 in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Sanskrit मनु (mánu, "man, mankind"). (Wiktionary)