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[brah-min] /ˈbrɑ mɪn/
noun, plural Brahmin, Brahmins.
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
First recorded in 1475-85; variant of Brahman1
Related forms
[brah-min-ik] /brɑˈmɪn ɪk/ (Show IPA),
Brahminical, adjective
non-Brahminic, adjective
non-Brahminical, adjective
un-Brahminical, adjective
Can be confused
Brahman, Brahmin. Unabridged
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noun (pl) -min, -mins
the older spelling of Brahman (sense 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
Derived Forms
Brahminic, Brahminical, adjective
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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.

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brahmins in Culture
Brahmins [(brah-minz)]

The highest of the four major castes of Hinduism. Brahmins are followers of Brahma and were originally all priests.

Note: The name is often given to socially or culturally privileged classes, such as “Boston Brahmins.”
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