Definition of Brahmin

1. Noun. A member of a social and cultural elite (especially a descendant of an old New England family). "A Boston brahman"

Exact synonyms: Brahman
Generic synonyms: Aristocrat, Blue Blood, Patrician
Derivative terms: Brahminic, Brahminical



2. Noun. A member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas. "Originally all brahmans were priests"
Exact synonyms: Brahman
Group relationships: Brahman
Generic synonyms: Hindoo, Hindu, Hindustani
Specialized synonyms: Smarta
Derivative terms: Brahminic, Brahminical

3. Noun. The highest of the four varnas: the priestly or sacerdotal category.
Exact synonyms: Brahman
Generic synonyms: Varna
Member holonyms: Brahman
Derivative terms: Brahminic, Brahminical

4. Noun. Any of several breeds of Indian cattle; especially a large American heat and tick resistant greyish humped breed evolved in the Gulf States by interbreeding Indian cattle and now used chiefly for crossbreeding.
Exact synonyms: Bos Indicus, Brahma, Brahman
Group relationships: Bos, Genus Bos
Generic synonyms: Bovine
Specialized synonyms: Zebu

Definition of Brahmin

1. Noun. (alternative spelling of brahmin) ¹

2. Noun. A Hindu priestly caste; one of the four varnas or social groups based on occupation in ancient Hindu society. ¹

3. Noun. One who has realized or attempts to realize Brahman, i.e. God or supreme knowledge. ¹

4. Noun. A scholar, teacher, priest, intellectual, researcher, scientist, knowledge-seeker, or knowledge worker. ¹

5. Noun. A social and cultural elite, especially in the New England region of the USA. ¹

6. Noun. A learned person of refined taste and mild manners. ¹

7. Adjective. scholarly ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Medical Definition of Brahmin

1. Origin: Skr. Brahmana (cf. Brahman worship, holiness; the God Brahma, also Brahman): cf. F. Brahmane, Brachmane, Bramine, L. Brachmanae, -manes, -mani, pl, Gr. A person of the highest or sacerdotal caste among the Hindoos. Brahman bull, the male of a variety of the zebu, or Indian ox, considered sacred by the Hindoos. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Brahmin

braggite
braggy
bragless
bragly
brags
bragworthy
brah
brahma
brahmadanda
brahmadandas
brahmaness
brahmanesses
brahmani
brahmans
brahmas
brahmin (current term)
brahminic
brahminical
brahmo-somaj
brahmoism
braid
braide
braided
braider
braiders
braidest
braiding
braidings
braidlike
braids

Literary usage of Brahmin

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1. Old Deccan Days: Or, Hindoo Fairy Legends Current in Southern India by Mary Eliza Isabella Frere, Bartle Frere (1868)
"But the brahmin answered, " Stay yet a little longer, for two others must ... After this they saw an Alligator, and the brahmin related the matter to him, ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"But like the pantheistic brahmin, Buddha did not acknowledge his dependence on them. They were, like men, subject to decay and rebirth. ..."

3. A Ranchman's Recollections: An Autobiography in which Unfamiliar Facts by Frank S. Hastings (1921)
"I do not know of any brahmin cattle in the Panhandle or in central-west Texas, except steers, brought from south Texas for development. ..."

4. Southey's Common-place Book by Robert Southey, John Wood Warter (1855)
"To drink the water in which a brahmin't toe has been dipped, is considered ал a very great favour. "WHEN enquiring into this circumstance, I was informed, ..."

5. A Ranchman's Recollections: An Autobiography in which Unfamiliar Facts by Frank S. Hastings (1921)
"I do not know of any brahmin cattle in the Panhandle or in central-west Texas, except steers, brought from south Texas for development. ..."

6. The Boys' and Girls' Readers: Teachers' Manual of Silent and Oral Reading by Emma Miller Bolenius (1919)
"(Tiger and brahmin go on together and meet Camel) brahmin. ... brahmin. I have found do so, or no. BULLOCK. When I was able to work for men have no pity. ..."

7. Flowers of Song from Many Lands: Being Short Poems and Detached Verses by Frederic Rowland Marvin (1902)
"The master heard the din—in breathless rage he ran, The stupid brahmin seized and thrashed him well. The dream was gone, the plate of rice and all, ..."

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