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[jahyn] /dʒaɪn/
an adherent of Jainism.
of or relating to the Jains or Jainism.
Also, Jaina
[jahy-nuh] /ˈdʒaɪ nə/ (Show IPA),
Origin of Jain
1795-1805;Sanskrit jaina Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Jain
Contemporary Examples
  • Both figures are, of course, involved with the spirit: the Jain is a naked ascetic and the Budhha always aims to transcend.

  • "Miscarriages at that age are related to chromosonal abnormalities—the egg gives rise to genetically abnormal embryos," said Jain.

  • One year later, at age 41, they reconciled, and the couple came back to Jain's clinic for IVF after she had had a miscarriage.

Historical Examples
  • Lunched near the Jain Temple, which contains most curious carvings.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • Tīrthankaras are the priests of the Jain religion, and are also known as Pitambaras.

  • What was it to me whether She was Hindu or Jain—scavenger, leper, or whole?

    Soldiers Three Rudyard Kipling
  • This building must be—but ignorance is a bad guide—Jain in character.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • The Jain Pagodas were thereupon, it is said, destroyed by the Jangamas.

    Phallic Miscellanies Hargrave Jennings
  • There I shall meet one of the pure faith in a Jain temple of that city.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
  • He told Kim the story of the elephant with the leg-iron, as he had told it so often to the Jain priests.

    Kim Rudyard Kipling
British Dictionary definitions for Jain


an adherent of Jainism
one of the saints believed to be the founders of Jainism
of or relating to Jainism or the Jains
Word Origin
C19: from Hindi jaina saint, literally: overcomer, from Sanskrit
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Word Origin and History for Jain

1805, from Hindi Jaina, from Sanskrit jinah "saint," literally "overcomer," from base ji "to conquer," related to jayah "victory," from PIE root *gweie- "to press down, conquer." The sect dates from 6c. B.C.E.

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