Definition of Om at

noun Hinduism.

a mantric word thought to be a complete expression of Brahman and interpreted as having three sounds representing Brahma or creation, Vishnu or preservation, and Siva or destruction, or as consisting of the same three sounds, representing waking, dreams, and deep sleep, along with the following silence, which is fulfillment.

Origin of Om

Borrowed into English from Sanskrit around 1780–90

Definition for om (2 of 3)

Definition for om (3 of 3) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for om

  • And “om nom nom nom” is more of a dig at Cookie Monster and Instagram foodies than it is at anyone else.

  • Other notable candidates include “bae,” “om nom nom nom,” “turnt,” and “basic.”

  • Omnium, om′ni-um, n. a Stock Exchange term for the aggregate value of the different stocks in which a loan is funded.

  • Then six slabs were placed in a row to spell out the sacred formula, “Om mani padme hum.”

  • And when he felt the wound burning, he silently spoke the Om, filled himself with Om.

  • That night after Om had gone to sleep she sat by the fire with Ang, and her eyes spied the little row of clay baskets.

  • This may be as effective as looking at the end of one’s nose and ceaselessly reiterating “Om,” as does the Hindu ascetic.

British Dictionary definitions for om (1 of 4)


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British Dictionary definitions for om (2 of 4)



Hinduism a sacred syllable typifying the three gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Siva, who are concerned in the threefold operation of integration, maintenance, and disintegration

Word Origin for Om

from Sanskrit

British Dictionary definitions for om (3 of 4)


abbreviation for

Oman (international car registration)

British Dictionary definitions for om (4 of 4)


abbreviation for

Order of Merit (a Brit title)

symbol for

currency (the former) Ostmark

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