from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hinduism The power of a god or demon to transform a concept into an element of the sensible world.
  • n. Hinduism 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to the Mayas, an aboriginal tribe of Yucatan, distinguished for their civilization and as the possessors of an alphabet and a literature when America was discovered: as, the Maya alphabet; the Maya records.
  • n. In Hindu mythology: Illusion or deceptive appearance.
  • n. [capitalized] Such appearance personified as a female who acts a part in the production of the universe, and is considered to have only an illusory existence.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of an American Indian people of Yucatan and Belize and Guatemala who had a culture (which reached its peak between AD 300 and 900) characterized by outstanding architecture and pottery and astronomy
  • n. a family of American Indian languages spoken by Maya


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Sanskrit māyā.



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  • Also a Sanskrit word referring to "the mistaken belief that a symbol is the same as what it represents."

    August 7, 2008

  • It reminds me of Maya Angelou. Or if I've been playing Phoenix Wright, Maya Fey (of whom I am considerably more of a fan).

    January 22, 2008

  • This word reminds me of Maya Baratz

    January 20, 2008