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See also: maya, mayá, maþa, and māyā




Etymology 1Edit

Self-designation of the Yucatec Mayas.

Proper nounEdit

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Maya (plural Mayas or Maya)

  1. A Mesoamerican civilization that existed in and around Guatemala in the 4th to 10th centuries.
  2. Any of the Mayan languages, such as Quiché and Yucatec.
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Maya (plural Mayas)

  1. A member or descendant of these people.


See alsoEdit

Further readingEdit

Ethnologue report on the Maya languages

Etymology 2Edit

From Maria, ultimately from Hebrew, and from Maia, from Latin.

Proper nounEdit


  1. A female given name of modern usage.
    • 1988 Arianna Stassinopoulos Huffington, Picasso, Creator and Destroyer, Simon and Schuster, ISBN 0671454463, page 240
      When her little friends asked her what her name was, her father replied that it was Conchita - his diminutive for Maria de la Concepción. "Con-what?" they would ask again, aware, apparently, that con in French is a fool, an idiot. So her parents started calling her Maria, which from the little girl's lips soon began to sound like Maya. "Maya!" exclaimed her father. "It's perfect. It means the greatest illusion on earth." So Maya it was from then on - Maya Walter.

Etymology 3Edit

Borrowed from Sanskrit माया (māyā́).

Proper nounEdit


  1. In Sanskrit, illusion; God's physical and metaphysical creation (literally, "not this").
  2. A female given name used in India.
    • 1993 Vikram Seth, A Suitable Boy, Phoenix House, ISBN 1897580207, page 891
      Eventually, Pran and Savita decided by correspondence on Maya. Its two simple syllables meant, among other things: the goddess Lakshmi, illusion, fascination, art, the goddess Durga, kindness, and the name of the mother of Buddha. It also meant: ignorance, delusion, fraud, guile, and hypocrisy; but no one who named their daughter Maya ever paid any attention to those pejorative possibilities.
      - - - 'Why ever not, Ma?' said Meenakshi.'It's a very Bengali name, a very nice name.'



Proper nounEdit


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



Maya m, f (plural Mayas)

  1. Mayan (person)


Alternative formsEdit


Maya m (genitive Maya or Mayas, plural Maya or Mayas)

  1. Maya

Proper nounEdit


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


Proper nounEdit


  1. A female given name
  2. a mountain name in Balkans