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

  • n. Hinduism A religious teacher.
  • n. A mystic; a yogi.
  • n. Used as a form of address for such a person.

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  • n. A Hindu religious teacher.

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  • n. a Hindu religious teacher; used as a title of respect


Hindi svāmī, master, swami, from Sanskrit, being one's own master, possessing proprietary rights; see s(w)e- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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