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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A member of a cultural and social elite, especially of that formed by descendants of old New England families.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun etc. See Brahman, Brahmanic, etc.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of brahmin.

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

  • noun a member of the highest of the four Hindu varnas
  • 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
  • noun the highest of the four varnas: the priestly or sacerdotal category
  • noun a member of a social and cultural elite (especially a descendant of an old New England family)

Etymologies

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

[Probably alteration of Sanskrit brāhmaṇaḥ, from brāhmaṇa-, brahminic; see Brahman.]

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