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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A member of the lowest of the four major castes of traditional Indian society, comprising artisans, laborers, and menials.
  • adj. Of or relating to the caste of Sudras.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The lowest of the four great castes among the Hindoos. See caste.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The lowest of the four principal castes into which Hindu society was anciently divided, composed of the non-Aryan aborigines of India, reduced to subjection or servitude by their Aryan conquerors.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a member of the lowest or worker Hindu caste
  • n. the lowest of the four varnas: the servants and workers of low status

Etymologies

Sanskrit śūdraḥ.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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