from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Reincarnation.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The passage of the soul, as an immortal essence, at the death of the animal body it had inhabited, into another living body, whether of a brute or a human being; transmigration of souls.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Transmigration of the soul; the passing of the soul of a person after death into another body, either that of a human being or that of an animal: a doctrine held by various ancient peoples and by Pythagoras and his followers, and still maintained by Brahmans and some others: also loosely used of such a transfer of the soul of a living person.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. after death the soul begins a new cycle of existence in another human body
Late Latin metempsȳchōsis, from Greek metempsūkhōsis, from metempsūkhousthai, to transmigrate : meta-, meta- + empsūkhos, animate (en, in; + psūkhē, soul).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin metempsychosis, from Hellenistic Ancient Greek μετεμψύχωσις, from Ancient Greek μετα- + εν ("in") + ψυχή ("soul"). (Wiktionary)