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[swah-mee] /ˈswɑ mi/
noun, plural swamies.
an honorific title given to a Hindu religious teacher.
a person resembling a swami, especially in authority, critical judgment, etc.; pundit:
The swamis are saying the stock market is due for a drop.
Origin of swami
1765-75; < Sanskrit svāmī, nominative singular of svāmin master, owner Unabridged
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  • While for some devotees there was no matter too trivial on which to consult him—“swami Ji, should I cut my hair?”

  • She just yelled at me and told me I had to go work things out with swami Ji.

  • In April, I met in Manhattan with swami Nikhilanand Ji, a JKP preacher who studied at Barsana Dham.

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British Dictionary definitions for swami


noun (pl) -mies, -mis
(in India) a title of respect for a Hindu saint or religious teacher
Word Origin
C18: from Hindi svāmī, from Sanskrit svāmin master, from sva one's own
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Word Origin and History for swami

1773, " an idol," later, "religious teacher" (1901), from Hindi swami "master" (used as a term of address to a Brahmin), from Sanskrit svami (genitive svaminas) "lord, master," from sva-s "one's own" (cognate with Latin sui; see idiom) + amah "pressure, vehemence."

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