Definition of Mahabharata at

[ muh-hah-bahr-uh-tuh ]

/ məˈhɑˈbɑr ə tə /


an epic poem of India dealing mainly with the conflict between the Pandavas and the Kauravas, with many digressions: includes the Bhagavad-Gita.

Also Ma·ha·bha·ra·tum [muh-hah-bahr-uh-tuh m] /məˈhɑˈbɑr ə təm/.

Origin of Mahabharata

Sanskrit mahābhārata great (mahat) work relating the story of the descendants of Bharata Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for mahabharata

  • He found his answer in the ancient Sanskrit poem, the Mahabharata, to find the essence of dharma.

  • A panel on the ancient Indian epic The Mahabharata (in which I participated) studied the pragmatic morality of this living text.

  • But by the time that the Mahabharata was put together these quarrels were not in an acute stage.

  • Place of pilgrimage for Hindus; mentioned in ‘Mahabharata’ and ‘Ramayana.’

  • “One should forgive, under any injury,” says the Mahabharata.

  • Every evening he would gather us round the cracked castor-oil lamp and read out to us stories from the Ramayana and Mahabharata.

  • Instead of depending, however, on my own intelligence, I have consulted several friends who have read the Mahabharata thoroughly.

British Dictionary definitions for mahabharata


Mahabharatam or Mahabharatum (məˌhɑːˈbɑːrətəm)


an epic Sanskrit poem of India, dealing chiefly with the struggle between two rival families. It contains many separate episodes, the most notable of which is the Bhagavad-Gita

Word Origin for Mahabharata

Sanskrit, from mahā great + bhārata story

Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012


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