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n. pl. Maya or Ma·yas
a. A member of a Mesoamerican Indian people inhabiting southeast Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize, whose civilization reached its height around ad 300-900. The Maya are noted for their architecture and city planning, their mathematics and calendar, and their hieroglyphic writing system.
b. A modern-day descendant of this people.
2. Any of the Mayan languages, especially Quiché and Yucatec.
1. In Hinduism, Buddhism, and certain other East Asian religions, 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.
2. Hinduism The power of a god or demon to transform a concept into an element of the sensible world.
maya(ˈmaɪə; ˈmɑːjə; ˈmɑːjɑː)
(Hinduism) Hinduism illusion, esp the material world of the senses regarded as illusory
[C19: from Sanskrit]
Maya(ˈmaɪə; ˈmɑːjə; ˈmɑːjɑː)
(Hinduism) the Hindu goddess of illusion, the personification of the idea that the material world is illusory
npl -ya or -yas
1. (Peoples) Also called: Mayan a member of an American Indian people of Yucatan, Belize, and N Guatemala, having an ancient culture once characterized by outstanding achievements in architecture, astronomy, chronology, painting, and pottery
2. (Languages) the language of this people
ma•ya(ˈmɑ yɑ, -yə)
(in Vedantic philosophy) the illusion of the reality of sensory experience and of the experienced qualities and attributes of oneself.
[1815–25; < Skt]
n., pl. -yas, (esp. collectively) -ya.
1. a member of any of a group of American Indian peoples of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Belize: builders of a major pre-Columbian civilization that flourished c300 b.c.– a.d. 900.
2. any of the Mayan languages.
A member of a people who ruled an empire in what is now southeast Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. The Maya built complex cities and great temples and developed mathematics, hieroglyphic writing, and the use of a calendar.
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|Noun||1.||Maya - 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; "Mayans had a system of writing and an accurate calendar"|
American Indian, Indian, Red Indian - a member of the race of people living in America when Europeans arrived
Cakchiquel - a member of the Mayan people living in south central Guatemala
Kekchi - a member of a Mayan people of north central Guatemala
Mam - a member of a Mayan people of southwestern Guatemala
Quiche - a member of the Mayan people of south central Guatemala
|2.||Maya - a family of American Indian languages spoken by Maya|
American-Indian language, Amerind, Amerindian language, American Indian, Indian - any of the languages spoken by Amerindians
Kekchi - a Mayan language spoken by the Kekchi
Mam - a Mayan language spoken by the Mam
Quiche - the Mayan language spoken by the Quiche
Cakchiquel - the Mayan language spoken by the Cakchiquel