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1 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" [syn: Mayan]
2 an ethnic minority speaking Mayan languages and living in Yucatan and adjacent areas
3 a family of American Indian languages spoken by Mayan peoples [syn: Mayan, Mayan language]

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Etymology 1

Self-designation of the Yucatec Mayas.

Proper noun

en-proper noun Mayas
  1. A member of a Mesoamerican civilization that existed in and around Mexico in the 4th to 10th centuries.
  2. A descendant of these people.
  3. Any of the Mayan languages, such as Quiché and Yucatec.

Etymology 2

Proper noun

  1. A given name recently taken into general use, also associated with Maia.

Etymology 3

Proper noun

  1. In Sanskrit, illusion; God’s physical and metaphysical creation (literally, "not this").


Proper noun

  1. A given name, a modern spelling variant of Maja.


Proper noun

  1. A given name of modern usage, a variant of Maja ( =Maria).

Extensive Definition

Maya may refer to:

People and languages

Religion and mythology

  • Maya (illusion), the word for "illusion" in Sanskrit and a concept in Hindu and Dharmic philosophy
  • Maya (Jainism), translated as "greed"; one of the 18 traditional undesirables in Jainism
  • Mayasura, a Hindu demon often known by the name Maya
  • Queen Maya, the mother of the historical Buddha

Historical persons or events

Geographical locations


Culture and art

Fictional characters

Art, film, literature, music, TV


  • Maya, the Filipino name for the Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  • Maya Gold (candy), organic chocolate produced by Green & Black's
  • Maya sticks, pieces of resin-rich wood used as a firestarter
  • Maya, a Bottlenose Dolphin at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD

See also

Maya in Czech: Mája
Maya in German: Maya (Begriffsklärung)
Maya in Spanish: Maya
Maya in French: Maya
Maya in Korean: 마야
Maya in Italian: Maya (disambigua)
Maya in Hebrew: מאיה (פירושונים)
Maya in Dutch: Maya
Maya in Japanese: マヤ (曖昧さ回避)
Maya in Low German: Maya
Maya in Romanian: Maya (dezambiguizare)
Maya in Russian: Майя
Maya in Finnish: Maya
Maya in Swedish: Maya
Maya in Turkish: Maya
Maya in Ukrainian: Майя
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