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

  • n. Variant of Brahman.
  • n. A member of a cultural and social elite, especially of that formed by descendants of old New England families: a Boston Brahmin.
  • n. Variant of Brahman.
  • adj. Variant of Brahman.

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  • n. Alternative spelling of brahmin.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. etc. See Brahman, Brahmanic, etc.

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

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


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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