- a member of the Hindu mercantile and professional class, above the Shudras and below the Kshatriyas.Compare Brahman1(def 1).
Origin of Vaisya
First recorded in 1785–95, Vaisya is from the Sanskrit word vaiśya
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Examples from the Web for vaisya
Thus the Vaisya caste were in ancient times the tillers of the soil.
And a Vaisya, having earned wealth, should cause the rites enjoined in the Vedas to be performed for himself.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 4
Kisari Mohan Ganguli
A Sudra in distress may turn to a handicraft; and in the same circumstances a Vaisya may stoop to service.
Vaisya, vīs′ya, n. a member of the third caste among the Hindus.
The Heads of the Vaisya families in them establish in the cities houses for dispensing charity and medicines.Record of Buddhistic Kingdoms
- the third of the four main Hindu castes, the traders
C18: from Sanskrit, literally: settler, from viś settlement
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