Main definitions of maja in English

: Maja1maja2

Maja1

(also Maia)

noun

Zoology
  • Originally (in form maia): the common spider crab of Europe, Maja squinado, having a spiny red, reddish brown, or yellowish carapace. Later (in forms Maia, Maja): a genus of decapod crustaceans (family Majidae), comprising this and various other spider crabs.

Origin

Early 18th century; earliest use found in Phillips's New World of Words. From ancient Greek μαῖα, the name of a kind of large crab, as specifically application of μαῖα midwife. In later use after scientific Latin Maja.

Pronunciation

Maja

/ˈmʌɪə//ˈmeɪə/

Main definitions of maja in English

: Maja1maja2

maja2

noun

historical
  • In Spain and Spanish-speaking countries: a woman who dresses gaily; a pretty young woman; (in early use sometimes) specifically †one from a lower social class (obsolete).

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in 1st Earl of Malmesbury (1746–1820), diplomatist. From Spanish maja, feminine of majo.

Pronunciation

maja

/ˈmɑːhə/