Main definitions of naga in English

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Naga1

noun

  • 1A member of a group of peoples living in or near the Naga Hills of Burma (Myanmar) and NE India.

    • ‘We have seen it in India in the agreement between the Government and the Nagas.’
    • ‘With capable leadership and without missionary support, the Nagas and other tribal groups have produced outstanding leaders who helped indigenize the Christian gospel in a positive way.’
    • ‘Many Nagas are said now to speak broken Assamese and Hindi.’
    • ‘He also said ‘eighty per cent of the Nagas supported the peace process today‘.’
    • ‘The Nagas lived in mountainous north-east India on the Myanmar border.’
  • 2[mass noun] Any of the Tibeto-Burman languages of the Nagas, with about 340,000 speakers altogether.

    • ‘This seemed to gain some attention, as a few snarling words in Naga accompanied a warrior struggling out of bed, sword in hand.’

adjective

  • Relating to the Nagas or their language.

    • ‘From the color of their sarongs and the way they wear their machetes in a shoulder scabbard, I know they are Naga tribesmen.’
    • ‘The typical Naga embroidery has been used on the long jackets that are embellished with leather straps and more sequence.’
    • ‘The Naga tribesmen I manage to speak to refuse to guide me.’
    • ‘The talks with Naga elders may be fraught with tension but attempts are being made by both sides to keep the dialogue going.’
    • ‘While music may have always been part of Naga life, the state has recently witnessed a sudden growth of pop bands and folk music groups.’

Origin

Perhaps from Sanskrit nagna naked or naga mountain.

Pronunciation:

Naga

/ˈnɑːɡə/

Main definitions of naga in English

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naga2

noun

  • (in Indian mythology) a member of a semi-divine race, part human, part cobra in form, associated with water and sometimes with mystical initiation.

    • ‘Thus, the nagas, who in Buddhist mythology protected Buddha before his enlightenment by shooting down lightning bolts aimed at him, guard the sacred temple.’
    • ‘The naga turned and smiled, his golden-reptilian eyes locking with his.’
    • ‘Specially pertinent to this period is the image of Buddha seated on the mythological, multi-headed serpent or naga.’
    • ‘His canvasses have lustrous Buddhas, among nagas, dragons, animals and birds.’

Origin

From Sanskrit nāga serpent.

Pronunciation:

naga

/ˈnɑːɡə/

Main definitions of naga in English

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naga3

noun

  • (in some Hindu sects) a naked wandering ascetic, in particular one belonging to a sect whose members carry arms and serve as mercenaries.

    • ‘The textiles of Indonesia have, across time, also incorporated and integrated Hindu's symbols such as the Garuda, the naga, the lotus, the elephant, the ‘mandala diagrams’ and so on.’
    • ‘Buddha not only gave the teachings in human language but in the language of the gods and the nagas.’
    • ‘The totally naked sadus are called nagas, and they are the most militant of the sect.’
    • ‘Beyond that, there are devas, nagas, higher categories of devas such as Brahma or Shiva, and so on.’

Origin

From Hindi nāgā naked.

Pronunciation:

naga

/ˈnɑːɡə/