Brahman Brah"man, Brahmin Brah"min, n.; pl. {Brahmans}, {Brahmins}. [Skr. Br[=a]hmana (cf. Brahman worship, holiness; the God Brahma, also Brahman): cf. F. Brahmane, Brachmane, Bramine, L. Brachmanae, -manes, -mani, pl., Gr. ?, pl.] 1. A person of the highest or sacerdotal caste among the Hindus. [1913 Webster]

{Brahman bull} (Zo["o]l.), the male of a variety of the zebu, or Indian ox, considered sacred by the Hindus. [1913 Webster]

2. a person from an old, respected, and usually wealthy family who has considerable social or political influence; -- a term used especially in New England; as, a Boston brahmin. [PJC]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • brahmin — (n.) member of Boston s upper class, 1823, figurative use of Brahman member of the highest priestly Hindu caste, late 15c., from Skt. brahmana s, from brahman prayer, also the universal soul, the Absolute, of uncertain origin. Related to BRAHMA… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Brahmin — Brahminic /brah min ik/, Brahminical, adj. /brah min/, n., pl. Brahmin, Brahmins, adj. n. 1. Hinduism. Brahman (def. 1). 2. (esp. in New England) a person usually from an old, respected family who, because of wealth and social position, wields… …   Universalium

  • Brahmin — UK / US [ˈbrɑmɪn] noun [countable] Word forms Brahmin : singular Brahmin plural Brahmins American in parts of the Eastern US, a rich and socially important person See: Brahman …   English dictionary

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