- Hinduism. Brahman1(def 1).
- (especially in New England) a person usually from an old, respected family who, because of wealth and social position, wields considerable social, economic, and political power.
- a person who is intellectually or socially aloof.
- of, relating to, or characteristic of a Brahmin: the Brahmin attitudes of a true aristocrat.
Origin of Brahmin
Examples from the Web for brahmins
First the Brahmins held on tightly to power, and then the Irish Catholics fought their way in.Why Women Don't Win Massachusetts
October 15, 2011
Once a refuge for Brahmins looking to blow off steam, today the group is known for its campy puns and campier costumes.Jay Leno Wins Hasty Pudding Man of the Year Award
Samuel P. Jacobs
February 4, 2011
Yet this time, a large number of victims belong to the swish set; the blasts have jolted these "Brahmins."India Has Been Singed Badly
November 30, 2008
The followers of Buddha and the Brahmins were in direct conflict.
Among Mohammedans and Brahmins we can still see them in their full vigor.An Ethnologist's View of History
Daniel G. Brinton
The two highest castes were the Brahmins (or priests) and the warriors.From Pole to Pole
Sven Anders Hedin
This was the united dictum of the Brahmins and astrologers of the day.The Round Towers of Ireland
Christians, Mohammedans, and Brahmins, all hold them in equal veneration.rminius Vambry, his life and adventures
- the older spelling of Brahman (def. 1)
- (in the US) a highly intelligent or socially exclusive person, esp a member of one of the older New England families
- an intellectual or social snob
Word Origin and History for brahmins
"member of Boston's upper class," 1823, figurative use of Brahman "member of the highest priestly Hindu caste," late 15c., from Sanskrit brahmana-s, from brahman- "prayer," also "the universal soul, the Absolute," of uncertain origin. Related to Brahma.